Film photography in the streets of Paris with a 35mm camera

Here’s a more personal post. Over the past year, I’ve been experimenting with film photography. And the story starts with me being very lucky.

My step father, whom I consider like my father, spent years navigating world’s waters in 70’s & 80’s with French Merchant Navy. He visited tens of countries, including Japan. He brought back from there a Canon AE-1 with its 50mm lens that was sold with it.

I’m lucky and honored because, seeing my growing passion for photography, he gave it to me about a year ago. From shy first steps in Paris streets, to more comfortable captures during road trips, that awesome camera became a close companion.

In this article I wanted to share my wanders, over the past year, in the streets of my dear Paris, a timeless Paris where the unique tones and grain of film photography perfectly testify of these scenes that seem like frozen in time.
These photos have been mostly taken with Kodak Portra 400 and Ektar 100. They are definitely not the most professional I’ve taken, and not the most beautiful photos of Paris, but they count a lot to me, because they represent my first steps with film photography, with a camera that has a sentimental value to me. I simply hope you’ll like some of them :)

J.M.