Paris in black and white

 

Napoleon's apartment at the Louvre


Napoleon’s apartment at the Louvre

 

Paris in black and white: glorious landmarks and details 

Can Paris be any more attractive than in spring time? Well yes, definitely when you present the city in a classic way, presented completely in black and white. There is a timeless beauty in Paris and portraying it in black and white imagery sets up the right tone, visiting some of the most well-known and loved places in the city. Walking through some of the stunning neighborhoods, majestic architecture and ornate interiors it’s easy to see the city in Monochrome.  I wanted to present Paris without all the colors and distractions and from my viewpoint discoveries walking around the city.  Also, I love to include lesser known spots and detailed shots to make you think about whether you have seen or experienced this particular spot in the city.

See if you can recognize any of these Paris in black and white venues below

 

The main dome of Sacre Coeur Paris

The main dome of Sacre Coeur Paris

 

 

I took this shot at the interior of Sacre Coeur but didn’t see the do not take picture sign until someone pointed to me…oh well – it was too pretty not to share so I’m showing you my one shot of the gorgeous interior of this basilica.

 

Artist drawing in Monmarte, Paris

Artist drawing in Monmarte, Paris

 

 

Just outside Sacre Coeur in Montmarte, is the artist district and square albeit gimmicky tourist attraction, but I could not help being drawn to watching some of the artist work on their craft and finding a photo worthy shot to capture the spirit of this area, even though it was very touristy.

 

Waiting for a crepe in Monmarte, Paris

Waiting for a crepe in Monmarte, Paris

 

 You need to stop by these small hole in the wall creperies, it’s very Parisienne

 

Entrance courtyard to the D'Orsay museum, Paris

Entrance courtyard to the D’Orsay museum, Paris

The D’Orsay is such an inspiring museum especially for lovers of Impressionistic art where all the French masters have their artwork on display. Impressive collections from famous painters like Van Gogh, Monet, Degas and this list goes on with amazing rooms filled with each well-known artist from that time frame.  I was also captivated by the sculpture, grand entry and some of the architectural details of the museum below.

Looking across the grand hallway at the D'orsay

Looking across the grand hallway at the D’orsay

 

 The majestic restaurant at the D’Orsay museum

 

Lunch at Musee D'Orsay restaurant

Lunch at Musee D’Orsay restaurant

 

Outdoors in Paris

Walking along the Tuileries fronting the Seine river, you will see massive sculpture dotting this expansive park. I just had to take a photograph, but it’s always challenging taking pictures of sculpture and making them interesting within the composition of a photograph. I decided to use the dominant lion, but only include the front half and surrounding trees to give an essence of the walk and the Seine river in the background. What do you think, was it an interesting interpretation or boring overall?

Walking around the Tuilerie gardens, Paris

Walking around the Tuilerie gardens, Paris

Discovering new vantage points to see the city from above is always fun and I went to the top of the Galleries Lafayette to check out the views on the rooftop. Surprisingly you get magnificent views of the Opera and surrounding areas with just a bit of the Eiffel Tower in the background.  This was a successful stop, so try to get here late in the day to capture the afternoon light or even sunset and drinks which is perfect.

Above the Galleries Lafayette looking towards the Eiffel tower

Above the Galleries Lafayette looking towards the Eiffel tower

 

 Artistic details and Art Nouveau

 

An ornate chalice, found where?

An ornate chalice, found where?

 

Gorgeous art nouveau details in Paris

Gorgeous art nouveau details in Paris

What could be more extravagant than visiting Napoleon’s apartments at the Louvre with these magnificent chandeliers completely lit up and illuminating these impressive rooms. Quite a different take seeing these rooms portrayed in black and white – do you think it works?

Napoleon's apartment in the Louvre, Paris

Napoleon’s apartment in the Louvre, Paris

 

  Architectural detail at the Louvre

 

A staircase detail going somewhere famous, guess?

A staircase detail going somewhere famous, guess?

 

Black and white night scenes of Paris

 

Lit up majestically, the Arc de Triomphe

Lit up majestically, the Arc de Triomphe

 

 

Everyone has to see the Arc de Triomphe lit up at night time and it is quite majestic with all the relief statues and the Eiffel tower just in the background also lit up. I think portraying this monument in black and white shows how timeless and attractive the monument is especially at night time.

 

Do you know the interior of this famous place in Paris?

Do you know the interior of this famous place in Paris?

Walking down the Champs Elysees, what a wonderful way to explore this famous boulevard especially at night time. Everything shop and venue seems so much more alive and exciting here at night time versus day light which portrays this more like just any well-known shopping venue around the world. I love that most of the shops are open late for tourists and those late night Parisien window shoppers.

Champs-Élysées lit up at night time

Champs-Élysées lit up at night time

 

 

If your into seeing Paris in full color, check out this gorgeous city in springtime spending the perfect day in Paris here. Or you can visit Paris in the Winter time, it is totally different, unscripted and still amazing to visit.

interior view of Sacre Coeur, Paris

interior view of Sacre Coeur, Paris

 

 

There you have it, some popular and obscure views and images of Paris in black and white. I hope you enjoyed this tour of the city, if so, would you mind sharing this post with any of the social media buttons that are located around the post? Thank you for visiting.

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14 Responses to Paris in black and white

  1. Peter Parkorr June 21, 2015 at 11:30 pm #

    2 or 3 nice shots in there Noel! I’m not a huge fan of Paris because it’s so touristy, but very pretty to look at.

  2. Valeria June 21, 2015 at 5:12 am #

    My favorite is the “Above the Galleries Lafayette looking towards the Eiffel tower”. I was in Paris for 3 days in March and I loved its architecture.

  3. Orana June 20, 2015 at 3:48 pm #

    Paris does look better in Black and White. Makes the history…pop.

  4. kami June 20, 2015 at 12:00 pm #

    these are beautifil! Actuall Paris looks much better in black and white!

  5. Lesley June 20, 2015 at 7:13 am #

    They are all beautiful, but I really love the “Looking across the grand hallway at the D’orsay” photo. Great shots!

  6. Beverly Burmeier June 20, 2015 at 5:20 am #

    What a beautiful and different perspective. I do prefer color but would like to experiment more with b and w.

  7. Claudia June 20, 2015 at 1:18 am #

    Beautiful pictures Noel!!

  8. Jennifer June 20, 2015 at 1:17 am #

    Nicely done! I would never thought of doing a post about Paris in black and white but it works so well.

  9. Toni | 2 Aussie Travellers June 19, 2015 at 11:54 pm #

    The stunning architecture of Paris looks so beautiful in black and white, your photos are fabulous

  10. Megsy June 19, 2015 at 11:39 pm #

    Stunning! I think people forget these days that black and white can turn a photograph into something spectacular. More black and white I say!

  11. Fiona @ London-Unattached June 19, 2015 at 11:21 pm #

    I love paris – and particularly the Musee d’Orsay. I forgot it was closed on Mondays and never got there on my last visit, so thanks for your pictures!

  12. Ursula May 28, 2015 at 7:06 pm #

    Thanks for your great interpretation of Paris in springtime.
    Paris is a wonderful city and it is a new experience to see some highlights in Bloack and White

  13. Corinne May 27, 2015 at 11:58 pm #

    I love Paris in the springtime…and I love Black and Whites!

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