Paris Vignettes: Look Left and Right

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Paris Vignettes: Look Left and Right

When you’re exploring Paris, take a glance on the walls and doors and you’ll discover a new dimension of the city. Sometimes there is just graffiti but other times there is quite interesting art. After going to the top of Sacré-Cœur with Richard Nahem in Montmartre, I wandered the back streets, and I stumbled upon an apartment door with a beautiful number “31” characteristic of the area’s quirkiness. During a visit to my friend Shirley’s neighborhood, we had a wonderful lunch at Le Café du Commerce and discovered side-by-side doors with a man and woman staring at each other (“le regard d’amour”).

I often visit Belleville to see how Paris existed ages ago, and recently I admired the wall of Edith Piaf’s house. There’s a small music organ in a “rose” frame that still works (“le bruit en rose”)!

And in the Montorgueil district, I stumbled on a façade with artistic images of dogs (“les chien de Lewis”). Later I found out this work was created by a friend of mine – Lewis Martin has directed French sitcoms like Plus belle de vie and is now writing novels that he thinks could be adapted into screenplays. Even though the art on this metal door is not the best, I just loved the little dog (“j’attends”) waiting patiently out front.

31. Photo credit: William O’Such

De belleville. Photo credit: William O’Such

J’attends. Photo credit: William O’Such

Electrons libres. Photo credit: William O’Such

Le bruit en rose. Photo credit: William O’Such

Les chiens de Lewis. Photo credit: William O’Such

Les portes en rose. Photo credit: William O’Such

Poivre SVP. Photo credit: William O’Such

Pom Pompidou. Photo credit: William O’Such

Une fenêtre qui souffre. Photo credit: William O’Such

Lead photo credit : Le regard de l'amour. Photo credit: William O'Such

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William was introduced to silver halide photography by his father, Chester J. O’Such, via the family’s Ansco reflex camera and home darkroom. After college, William worked as a photographic engineer at Eastman Kodak, where he began to learn the art of photography. With his first SLR, a Canon AE-1, he photographed his inaugural voyage to Paris in 1982. This early spark turned into full passion when William became a Kodak expatriate in Paris from 1995-99. Before returning to the USA, William and his future wife Ineke bought an apartment in the Marais district. Inspired by Bresson, William continues to visit Paris at least twice a year to wander the streets, camera in hand, looking for the next vignette. His photos are available for sale by visiting


  • Martha Sessums
    2023-05-07 04:11:36
    Martha Sessums
    Another great set of photographs. Thank you for sharing your Paris perspective.


      2023-05-25 08:32:06
      Thanks Martha! Can't wait to get back there and look forward to synching up again.