The Paris Vignettes series features the inspired work of street photographer William “Bill” O’Such in themed installments
As you wander through Paris, you’ll witness unique social interactions that you only find here, whether it be late evening dinner discussions (“vendredi en plein conversation”) or groups assembling along the banks of the Seine to talk through their week’s adventures (“samedi soir devant la Seine”). Though you’d think that the fast pace of a big city would mean less time for its busy denizens to stop to chat, Paris actually fosters all kinds of leisurely social occasions. Whether it is a good joke that one missed (“trop amusant”), a moment of doubt at a café (“je ne suis pas sur”), or a unique way to get from the Bastille to République (“transports en commun”), there are interplays every minute. The cafés are a central hub where waiters welcome you (“bienvenue”) and ensure those chats continue for many drinks (“j’arrive”). Sometimes the interchange can be quite unique as when a crowd of people were shocked by a “sapeur-pompier” diving off a bridge (“un, deux, trois”)- as part of training in a very stylish way. Walking home, the umbrella in front of me said it all (“trop vrai”) as I got caught in a rain shower, having forgotten my parapluie at home.
Lead photo credit : vendredi en plein conversation, Photo credit: William O'Such