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Paris on Black/White Film

Feb 14, 2021

Paris, France from the lens of my little Pentax 35mm film camera.

Here is a small collection of photos I took of Paris on black/white film.

I first fell in love with Paris when I was about 13 years old. It was after watching the movies Sabrina and Funny Face, both starring Audrey Hepburn. Later on, I also watched Audrey in the movie Love in the Afternoon also shot in Paris. I had never visited Paris at the time, but I didn’t need to fall in love with that timeless, romantic city. Audrey said it herself, “Paris is always a good idea.”

Ever since watching both of those movies as a young teenage girl (and countless times since), it was my life’s dream to visit Paris. As I got older and explored my passion for photography, especially film photography, my dream evolved. I still greatly desired to explore the streets of Paris someday carrying a baguette in one hand and a chocolate pastry in the other while wearing a black turtle neck and beret. That vision certainly did not change. But now, I wanted to view Paris from the viewfinder of my little Pentax 35mm film camera. I wanted to view the city of love the same way Audrey Hepburn would have. I had to capture Paris in the most iconic yet raw way I knew how as both an ode to my love for film photography and the old-time Hollywood Paris I had originally fallen in love with.

I wanted to photograph Paris on black/white film. To photograph Paris in black and white, this was my life’s new mission.

And so, in January of 2019, Robert surprised me. He revealed that that coming October we were going to both London and Paris for two weeks. Fast forward almost a year, I packed my carry-on, a bag of black and white Kodak film, and my little Pentax 35mm film camera, and off we went ”to find ourselves in Paris.” (Not really, but isn’t that why people visit Paris? I believe Audrey also quotes this in Sabrina.)

The Seine river on black and white film with a Pentax 35mm camera.
Paris, France photographed on kodak tri-x 400 and a Pentax camera. Photo by Holly Michon Photography.
Tourist ordering a crepe in Paris. Photographed on black and white Kodak film, photo by Holly Michon Photography.
French Robert ordering a crepe.
A vineyard garden in Paris, France; a tourist enjoys a Parisian crepe.
French Robert eating a crepe in a vineyard park.
Paris, France photographed on kodak tri-x 400 and a Pentax camera. Photo by Holly Michon Photography.
A charming, quaint cafe in Paris photographed on kodak tri-x 400 and a Pentax camera. Photo by Holly Michon Photography.
Just about every restaurant and cafe had outdoor seating along the street as you see here, just as you would envision Paris to look like.
The Seine river on black and white film with a Pentax 35mm camera.
Paris, France photographed on kodak tri-x 400 and a Pentax camera. Photo by Holly Michon Photography.
One of Robert and I’s favorite things to do there was sit at the edge of the Seine River and drink hot chocolate watching the boats pass by.
Paris, France photographed on kodak tri-x 400 and a Pentax camera. Photo by Holly Michon Photography.
Paris, France photographed on kodak tri-x 400 and a Pentax camera. Photo by Holly Michon Photography.
The Seine river on black and white film with a Pentax 35mm camera.
A charming, quaint cafe in Paris photographed on kodak tri-x 400 and a Pentax camera. Photo by Holly Michon Photography.
A line up of motor scooters in Paris photographed on kodak tri-x 400 and a Pentax camera. Photo by Holly Michon Photography.
An old bookstore in Paris photographed on kodak tri-x 400 and a Pentax camera. Photo by Holly Michon Photography.
An old bookstore in Paris photographed on kodak tri-x 400 and a Pentax camera. Photo by Holly Michon Photography.
Paris, France photographed on kodak tri-x 400 and a Pentax camera. Photo by Holly Michon Photography.
An old bookstore in Paris photographed on kodak tri-x 400 and a Pentax camera. Photo by Holly Michon Photography.
Do you see me my reflection in the store front door?
Paris, France photographed on kodak tri-x 400 and a Pentax camera. Photo by Holly Michon Photography.
Dreamy Eiffel Tower photographed at night, on kodak tri-x 400. Holly Michon Photography
The Seine river photographed at night on kodak tri-x 400 and a Pentax camera. Photo by Holly Michon Photography.
Paris at night was by far my favorite time to explore – so stunning and magical! Also, do you see that dinner cruise ship in the bottom left hand corner? Robert and I had dinner on one. Extremely romantic and worth it!
Paris, France photographed on kodak tri-x 400 and a Pentax camera. Photo by Holly Michon Photography.
Paris, France photographed on kodak tri-x 400 and a Pentax camera. Photo by Holly Michon Photography.
A book and art stand in Paris, France along the Seine river. Photo by Holly Michon Photography.
The Notre Dame's reflection from a motor scooter mirror, photographed on Pentax 35mm camera.
Paris, France photographed on kodak tri-x 400 and a Pentax camera. Photo by Holly Michon Photography.
Paris, France photographed on kodak tri-x 400 and a Pentax camera. Photo by Holly Michon Photography.
Paris, France photographed on kodak tri-x 400 and a Pentax camera. Photo by Holly Michon Photography.
Paris, France photographed on kodak tri-x 400 and a Pentax camera. Photo by Holly Michon Photography.
The Notre Dame on Kodak tri-x 400 film with a Pentax 35mm camera. Photo by Holly Michon Photography.
Paris, France photographed on kodak tri-x 400 and a Pentax camera. Photo by Holly Michon Photography.
A dinner cruise on the Seine river in Paris, France. Photo by Holly Michon Photography.
The Seine river on Kodak tri-x 400 film with a Pentax Camera. Photo by Holly Michon Photography.
The Notre Dame over looking the Seine river in autumn, on Kodak tri-x 400 film. Photo by Holly Michon Photography.
Poor Notre Dame. You can see the construction behind it.
Paris, France photographed on kodak tri-x 400 and a Pentax camera. Photo by Holly Michon Photography.
Paris, France photographed on kodak tri-x 400 and a Pentax camera. Photo by Holly Michon Photography.
Paris, France photographed on kodak tri-x 400 and a Pentax camera. Photo by Holly Michon Photography.
Paris, France photographed on kodak tri-x 400 and a Pentax camera. Photo by Holly Michon Photography.
This was taken from the rooftop of our apartment very late at night and below is from our bedroom window.
Paris, France photographed on kodak tri-x 400 and a Pentax camera. Photo by Holly Michon Photography.
Paris, France photographed on kodak tri-x 400 and a Pentax camera. Photo by Holly Michon Photography.
Paris, France photographed on kodak tri-x 400 and a Pentax camera. Photo by Holly Michon Photography.
Paris, France photographed on kodak tri-x 400 and a Pentax camera. Photo by Holly Michon Photography.
Paris, France photographed on kodak tri-x 400 and a Pentax camera. Photo by Holly Michon Photography.
A carousel in Paris, France photographed in Kodak Tri-x 400 film on a Pentax 35mm camera. Photo by Holly Michon Photography.
An old gentleman reads the newspaper in the park in Paris, France. Shot on Kodak Tri-x 400 film by Holly Michon Photography.
Paris, France photographed on kodak tri-x 400 and a Pentax camera. Photo by Holly Michon Photography.
Paris, France photographed on kodak tri-x 400 and a Pentax camera. Photo by Holly Michon Photography.
Paris, France photographed on kodak tri-x 400 and a Pentax camera. Photo by Holly Michon Photography.
Paris, France photographed on kodak tri-x 400 and a Pentax camera. Photo by Holly Michon Photography.
Beautiful architecture in Paris photographed on kodak tri-x 400 and a Pentax camera. Photo by Holly Michon Photography.
Paris, France photographed on kodak tri-x 400 and a Pentax camera. Photo by Holly Michon Photography.
Paris, France photographed on kodak tri-x 400 and a Pentax camera. Photo by Holly Michon Photography.
Dreamy Eiffel Tower photographed at night, on kodak tri-x 400. Holly Michon Photography
If you ever visit Paris, there are two times of day you must visit the Eiffel Tower – at sunrise and at night. It’ll take your breath away both times.
Dreamy Eiffel Tower and Seine river photographed at night, on kodak tri-x 400. Holly Michon Photography
Blurry but beautiful.
Motor scooter photographed at night outside the Louvre Museum on Kodak Tri-x 400 film on a Pentax 35mm camera. Photo by Holly Michon Photography.
Dreamy Eiffel Tower photographed at night, on kodak tri-x 400. Holly Michon Photography
The Louvre Museum photographed at night on 35mm film.
The Seine river photographed at night on kodak tri-x 400 and a Pentax camera. Photo by Holly Michon Photography.
The Seine river photographed at night on kodak tri-x 400 and a Pentax camera. Photo by Holly Michon Photography.
The Seine river photographed at night on kodak tri-x 400 and a Pentax camera. Photo by Holly Michon Photography.
Robert and I taking a stroll after our dinner cruise on the Seine River.
The Seine river photographed at night on black/white kodak tri-x 400 and a Pentax camera. Photo by Holly Michon Photography.
The Seine river photographed at night on black/white kodak tri-x 400 and a Pentax camera. Photo by Holly Michon Photography.
A lake and park in Paris, France with canoes to rent. Photographed on black/white film by Holly Michon Photography.
A lake and park in Paris, France with canoes to rent. Photographed on black/white film by Holly Michon Photography.
A lake and park in Paris, France with canoes to rent. Photographed on black/white film by Holly Michon Photography.
Paris, France photographed on kodak tri-x 400 and a Pentax camera. Photo by Holly Michon Photography.
The Seine river photographed at night on black/white kodak tri-x 400 and a Pentax camera. Photo by Holly Michon Photography.
Dreamy Eiffel Tower photographed at night, on kodak tri-x 400. Holly Michon Photography

Photos developed by Photovision.

Would you love to see more of Paris?! Check out this dreamy, chic Eiffel Tower sunrise portrait session!

“We’ll always have Paris.”

XO, Holly

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