Paris Vignettes: People, People, People

Paris Vignettes: People, People, People

The Paris Vignettes series features the inspired work of street photographer William “Bill” O’Such in themed installments

The essence of street photography lies in unraveling the narratives of everyday life. It’s about seizing those ephemeral instants: the glances, conversations, and actions that inscribe the unspoken tales of the streets.

On a warm day in the deserted Bois de Vincennes, my lens caught a couple strolling along a winding path, their connection evident in the subtlety of the moment (“balade dans le parc de vincennes”). As I headed home, rain began to fall, and the palpable relief of people reaching their apartment echoed the unspoken emotions of the moment (“chez elle finalement”). Another episode unfolded on Île Saint-Louis, where I discovered a woman joyfully dedicating hours to feeding birds (“les oiseaux”). Meandering further, I encountered a technician navigating the intricacies of telephone lines, reminiscent of a bygone era (“complexité”).

As night fell and patrons spilled out of various pop-ups, scenes unfolded: cigarette-smoking reflection (“je fume”), passionate art discussions (“j’adore”), and animated debates on the next bar (“qu’est-ce que tu penses”). Occasionally, a serendipitous presence injected an unexpected layer of intrigue into the narrative (“trop serieux”). In the fashionable streets of Paris, most are impeccably dressed (“bien fringé”), perhaps even crafting a photo-worthy moment (“posant sur le pont”). However, my standout memory from this trip was captured in Le Marais — a photograph immortalizing two individuals passionately singing away (“chanteurs dans le marais”).

lisant dans la place des vosges, Photo Credit: William O’Such

qu’est que tu penses, Photo Credit: William O’Such

les poses sur le pont, Photo Credit: William O’Such

les oiseaux, Photo Credit: William O’Such

j’adore, Photo Credit: William O’Such

je fume, Photo Credit: William O’Such

debats de photos, Photo Credit: William O’Such

chez elle finalement, Photo Credit: William O’Such

complexité, Photo Credit: William O’Such

chanteurs dans le marais, Photo Credit: William O’Such

bien fringé, Photo Credit: William O’Such

balade dans le parc de vincennes, Photo Credit: William O’Such

Lead photo credit : trop serieux, 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