Paris

In 2010 I visited Paris for the first time. Initially I really didn't think that I would like the city however after two weeks of Parisian lifestyle, I fell in love with it - now it's one of my favourite, if not favourite cities. I had my camera with me so I decided to document my trip as I visited different areas. I loved capturing the Parisian markets because they always had a great atmosphere, bustling with loads of people. You don’t see many outdoor markets in Scotland, or not to the same extent anyway. 

Wandering around Paris with my camera was such a great way to explore this new culture I found myself in, it made me more visually aware of the city as I was always looking out for the next ‘great shot.’ A lot of the markets didn’t actually like photography being taken, some had large 'no photography’ signs hanging between stalls however it actually worked in my favour. It turned me into a Scottish ninja-photographer, trying to be sly yet trying to capture great compositions and action in unison. Shooting this way meant that most of the images I caught were more realistic because they weren’t posed or set up. 

Aside from photographing the markets I naturally visited all the tourist sites including the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the Avenue des Champs-Élysées and of course Disney Land. My favourite moment of the whole trip however, didn’t actually involve any of the tourist attractions. One night, myself and my friends were sat along the banks of the river Seine when it suddenly started getting really busy with locals. Before we knew it we were in the middle of a huge dance group and soon we were all joining in, having a great laugh. By the end of the night we had successfully managed to teach them some classic Scottish dances even though none of us spoke very good French. It was almost like a scene out of a movie… it was that perfect.

I'm already planning to visit this gorgeous city again!