Montmartre has had a history of Bohemian artists creating new ideas that slowly made it to the mainstream. Maybe this accordion player will make it one day too.
Recently on in one of my favourite places of Paris (Montmartre) I came across this street musician in front of the cafe La Boheme, and it sort of fit quite well. A bohemian musician playing on the streets of Montmartre. It was a pretty cloudy day and for some strange reason I had a pretty hard time getting all my settings straight on my camera (probably running our of practice). So I ended up taking lots of images in order to get one or two right.
Something about the musician and the place was just right for a photo, him searching for potential customers in the rainy cold and the name of the cafe behind him fit for a expressive street photo in Paris.
Of course I did drop him some cash for “modeling” for me.
Street Photography tip for Paris:
If you’re out of practice, put your camera on automatic and keep the iso slightly higher than usual (even though 1000 is a bit much) you’ve only got a few seconds to capture the shot so put the odds on your side.
While having kids look straight in the camera is great, it’s not always the case with adults. Wait for them to look the other-way – it looks more “streetlike”.