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The Petit Palais, the Grand Palais, and Paris Fashion Week

Paris Fashion Week

It was here that I discovered street photography during a visit a year earlier. As I said before, Paris is an excellent city for street photography and anywhere you look, something interesting is happening. A local friend recommended a visit to the museum at the Petit Palais. Free admission to the permanent collections convinced me that it would be a few hours well spent. So the next morning, we started our day like always by hopping on the metro and climbing up the stairs to be surprised by a new arrondissement. We took metro line 1 from our location on the east side of the city. A direct trip took us to our destination at metro Champs-Élysées – Clemenceau. As soon as we emerged from underground, we noticed something unusual happening around the plaza. There were lots of models and photographers all around the place. After taking a few photos there, we crossed Avenue du General Eisenhower and started walking south down Avenue Winston Churchill. Just as my friend explained, the name of Petit Palais is a misnomer because there is nothing petite about this enormous palace. However, the name becomes clear once you see the other gigantic palace across the street. The much bigger structure is named the Grand Palais. Hopefully I captured some images of the grandiose architecture of both palaces. However, I was quickly distracted by the action outside the Grand Palais. It turns out that Paris Fashion Week was going on and I stumbled upon an event at the Grand Palais. Lots of photographers and paparazzi were waiting for the models and celebrities of the fashion world on the steps of the Grand Palais. Somehow I blended right in with my camera and was lucky to capture a few images. Models, fashion designers, and fashionistas were leaving the hall. Photographers were competing for good positions in order to photograph the celebrities. The models cooperated with the photographers by posing for them when requested. The ladies looked very elegant. In some cases the photographers were also very interesting subjects themselves. Here are some images of Paris Fashion Week 2013.

Una breve experiencia como fotógrafo de modas

La ciudad de Paris siempre me pareció ser un lugar ideal para practicar la fotografía de calle o documentaria. Fue aquí en esta ciudad donde descubrí este estilo de fotografía durante mi primera visita. Un amigo residente en la ciudad me sugirió visitar el museo del Petit Palais. La entrada a las salas de colecciones permanentes son gratis. Transportarse en metro es muy facil asi que saltamos en la linea 1 al este de la ciudad y muy pronto llegábamos a nuestra parada en metro Champs-Élysées – Clemenceau. Tan prontos subimos a la calle, se notaba que algun evento ocurría. La plaza se encontraba llena de fotógrafos y modelos. Luego de tomar algunas fotos, cruzamos Avenue du General Eisenhower para bajar por Avenue Winston Churchill. Tal y como mi amigo mencionó, el Petit Palais no tiene nada de chico. La razón por ese nombre solamente se puede entender al ver el otro palacio frente a la calle. El Grand Palais es mucho mas grande. Espero haber tomado fotos de la arquitectura de estos palacios tan espectaculares. Pero la verdad es que reconozco haberme distraido un poco con el espectáculo frente a la entrada del Grand Palais. El evento que se llevaba a cabo resultó ser el Paris Fahion Week. Diseñadores, modelos, y fashionistas salían justo en ese momento. Los fotógrafos y los paparazzi les esperaban frente a la escaleras del Grand Palais. Aproveché y rápidamente me convertí en otro fotógrafo mas de los muchos que competían por una buena posición para fotografiar a las modelos. En varias ocasiones las modelos pararon de caminar para posar frente a las cámaras cuando los fotógrafos se lo pedían. Las chicas eran muy profesionales y elegantes. En algunos casos los mismos fotógrafos eran muy interesante. Por aquí les dejo algunas imágenes de las modas de Paris Fashion Week 2013.

 

 

 

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Sometimes it is all about the shoes

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Some photographers focused on shoes

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Waiting and texting

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Simple elegant checkered dress

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French dogs love Evian water too

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Even the photographers are fashionable

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A couple of tourists checking their map outside the Grand Palais

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Fashion designers, models, and fashionistas leaving the Grand Palais

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Another simple elegant dress

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Texting on the stairs of the Grand Palais

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Accessories are important too. This photographer asked for a photo of the purse.