It is a glorious spring day in Paris. It has been sinfully delicious all week, so I was thrilled when a client got excited about an article on Paris picnics. The photo’s they’ll need gave me the perfect excuse to go on the town. Even better, Miss Paris Yoga needed to do a bit of photo scouting, so we had a date!
On the Pont au Change, between St Michel and the Palais de la Justice, we saw these vintage photos hanging on a clothes line. Something of an unusual site in Paris, so we stopped and met Israel Garcia Montero, a photographer from Madrid, who has built a large pin hole camera, set on a tripod with a mini-lab inside.
He calls his camera a minutera and he has been shooting in Paris since he arrived 1 year ago. For 10€ Señor Montero will take your photo on the bridge. This is no selfie. It takes time to set up the shot, time to develop the negative, then time to put it on paper. But it was well worth the wait, for the encounter as much as the souvenir.
We were charmed by the Madrileño, so I looked him up when we got home. He is no street busker, this gentleman. He runs Le Duc(k) photos with a serious portfolio of some very beautiful work and I am thrilled that we were part of his process.
If you’d like a vintage photo for yourself, he is usually on the Pont au Change every sunny day during the week and on the Canal St Martin on weekends, but if you want to be sure to catch him, click on his name above and you’ll find his contact information to set up a date.