the daily life of a Parisian

Queuing for Bread

Waiting for customers

Newspaper Kiosk (1)

Newspaper kiosk (2)

The iconic newspaper kiosks were designed by French architect Gabriel Davioud in 1857.

Gendarmes off to work

Eating Breakfast


All the above images have been edited using a sketch tool ‘pen and ink‘ in grey tones.

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I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

50 thoughts on “the daily life of a Parisian”

  1. The sketch tool works well in most of the shots, though I would perhaps prefer more detail in the kiosk photos. But mainly because I really like kiosks. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete. x

    1. The kiosks are lovely aren’t they? They might appear again one day in full colour, though it was a dull day and my photos on the whole weren’t very exciting.

  2. You’ve had fun with these. Almost voyeuristic. 🙂 🙂 Digging deep into the archives? So much to enjoy but I especially like the fragility of the first kiosk shot. Happy Thursday, Jude!

    1. Not so deep – back to 2010 my last trip to Paris when I had a lot of time on my own to wander off the tourist trails. I love those kiosks. Glad you do too 😀

        1. That silenced me! 🙂 🙂 Scarecrows, huh? Much cooler here and too grey for my liking but we really can’t complain. Leaves not changing yet but not far off. I wouldn’t mind a bit of early autumn before I go. Call me selfish, why don’t you? 🙂

  3. Wow! Old images coming to life? The sketches are really effective, I must try another app…you say ‘pen and Ink’, is that an app?

    1. A filter in Photoshop Elements. Photos from 2010, I was looking through for a photo essay idea for Cathy’s site when I noticed the odd photo containing people doing everyday things. In themselves the images weren’t very exciting – dull day, poor colour – so I wouldn’t have used them.

        1. My first visit was in 1972 I think. A bit of a disaster as the French air controllers went on strike and we ended up having to go by coach! Thus taking up most of the weekend.

      1. I have that programme, used to use it a lot many years ago when I first got it. But haven’t used it for a while and forgotten about those filters, I must bo back and play with them. Good for breaking photos down into sketch style for me to draw. (Would that be cheating?) 🤫🤔

  4. Love how you captured the everyday moments in Paries! Theyvtell wonderful stories, The proceeed results are remarkable! Thank you, Jude for sharing with us!

    1. It doesn’t work for everything and you have to play around with the detail and width of the ink / pen size and contrast a lot. I usually edit my photos first in colour to get a lot of contrast. (ink detail in these was set at 1)

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