About

pho-to-bnw
Intro

Hello, everyone! My name is Bon and I live in Paris. I am a self-taught photographer.

I’ve always been into capturing images for as long as I can remember, fascinated by how a small device such as a camera can instantly capture something and immortalize a moment.

My history with photography

During my first trip to Europe in 2005, I borrowed one of those old film cameras from my best friend and I remember arriving in Europe with five rolls of film, taking photos of everything and anything under the sun, and then leaving the continent with 32 rolls of film – only in a span of 2 months!

I came back to France to study in 2006 to 2007, and all I had was a small Samsung camera phone and a cheap Kodak digital cam. Again, I took pictures of whatever passed my vision – and there was a lot of it! By then, pictures were easily uploaded online so I didn’t have to worry about the cost of having a roll of film developed.

I didn’t own a camera that I could call 100% mine until my mum bought me a Canon point-&-shoot the night before I moved to France for good in 2008. I used that pocket camera to take pictures of everything – people, food, animals, streets, monuments, tables, walls… you name it, I captured it.

Stepping up

It was in the summer of 2012 that I decided to take photography a bit more seriously than just toying around with my point-&-shoot. An Italian guy, who was an avid photographer, told me that I composed my shots really well. I honestly had no idea what “composing a shot” was or what he even meant by that but it piqued my interest and that’s when I started studying the basics of photography and getting serious about taking photos.

From my point-&-shoot (that I’d already had for about 4 years at that point), I moved up to an Olympus micro 4/3 and a 45mm 1.8 lens. It was then that I started to realize my love for capturing moments. I started doing street photography with it because I found myself to be really at home when I was out and about taking pictures of, again, everything and anything under the sun. I remember going out in -10°C weather just for the sole purpose of taking photos of Paris while everything was blanketed in freezing snow!

That Olympus micro 4/3 didn’t last long though. I found myself wanting to step it up even further. That’s when I dumped my Olympus cam for a Canon 650D. It’s the one that I’m currently using. I never go anywhere without it. I always bring it with me. I’ve discovered even more things with it. I feel like I’ve unlocked even more secrets of the trade (so to speak), falling in love with immortalizing moments even more than I thought I possibly could.

What photography means to me

With photography, I get to try different things and I get to meet different people. Photography has helped me express situations and moods that I can’t articulate with words. I’ve never been an artistic person, but I’ve found that it’s only through photography that I’m able to express myself visually, creatively, and emotionally. In a way, it helps me to observe, focus, then immortalize the present, and not have to be bothered with the past or the future. Taking a picture helps me to be in the now, even if only for a moment. I like the fact that with just a photo, I can always go back to a memory, a feeling, however fleeting. I keep on discovering and I keep on learning. It encourages me to push boundaries. And honestly, it doesn’t get any better than that.

My lenses

I own a 50mm f/1.4, which is the one that I’ve used to capture most of the photos featured on this blog. I also use an 85mm f/1.8 from time to time.

Contact

Feel free to message me by leaving a comment or by emailing me at bonparisien1@gmail.com. I’m also on Instagram (bonparisien), Twitter (bonparisien), Flickr (click here), and Tumblr (click here), so you can contact me easily. I hope you enjoy the photos. I’ll be uploading more, that’s for sure.

41 thoughts on “About”

  1. Oh no, a real Parisian, now I can’t lie anymore! Haha, kidding, You have some really nice shots of Paris! The policeman is my favorite. I’m looking forward to see more of your work!

  2. Pingback: Barefoot in Paris

  3. Bonparisien — do you have an email address where I could contact you?

  4. Hey Bon, I’m going to Europe at the end of the year! These pictures just magnified that intention 10x. Great pictures!

    You probably have 200+ followers, but I’m going to nominate you for this award anyway

    http://imstillhungry.net/2013/09/08/liebster-award-nomination/

    (I think it’s legit – but an interesting way to do it)

  5. How cool you live in Paris! I’ve never even got to visit.

  6. Hi Bon, thanks for following my blog! I’m following yours right now too. I’ve always lived in Paris (or near), on a French perspective I find it amazing to scroll through your articles, it’s a fresher point of view on the city.

  7. What a talent! So glad that I found your blog and shall in future be following you with interest
    Kind Regards
    Bob

  8. LOVE your blog, your photographs are truly beautiful. Am so happy to have stumbled across this today x

  9. The “I love you wall”! My boyfriend is a Rive Gauche boy, but Abbesses is my favourite corner of Paris.

  10. I love your blog! I live in the 4th, and I’ve seen and experienced many of the things you write about … however, I lack your nuanced and gentle way of presenting things. Gosh. I’m happy I found you and your blog! I’m a Marais boy to the bone, but you make me want to wander out and about more.

  11. LOVE the new avatar photo! Smoking 😉

  12. Hi, Bon … I’ve just nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award, which you certainly deserve ! All the best, Mark

  13. Hi there…Just to say thank you for liking my blog photograph today. I hope that you are well my friend?
    Regards
    Bob

  14. You are very talented. By Chris’ sharing I found your blog. Just continue with your great style. Thanks for sharing.
    Irene

  15. Hi, Bon… I’ve just nominated you for the WordPress loyalty award, which has rather a strange title, though it’s completely legit. I hope you feel honored, because it honors me that you faithfully read my blog. You can find out more about what to do now at http://elementalprofundity.com/2013/12/02/st-george-and-the-dragon/ … best, Luke.

  16. Please accept my apologies for the communication in this open forum. Please feel free to delete upon read. >> A Letter to the Nominees http://wp.me/p3Lipj-12D

  17. I am no longer following the Ukrainian passport individual … I was definitely getting the heebie jeebies, Bon. I am a person who does NOT trust easily. I’m a very typical WASP in too many ways. I wanted to let you know … feel free to delete this. As I say, I just wanted you to know. I don’t even look at his blog anymore.

    • Thank you, I needed that. Did he send you an email, too? I have been on and off the fence about him. Definitely unfollowing him now as well. Hope your week is going well?

      • It is … and I hope you’re having a good one as well. I think we’re wise to cut him a wide berth. Yes, he did send me an email … and, yes, he is not who he appears to be. I even wonder if his blog’s for real. Anyway, he and it no longer matter. Enjoy the week … next week, as you know all too well, is complete kookiness in our Paris!

  18. And … now I am following again … he wrote me a plausible explanation, and since I have been the victim of hackers, ogres, tramps and thieves myself, I’m not in a position to deny the crime to others. Whether he is who he appears to be? Well, that is the question, isn’t it?

    • Ah you replied to him? Because I didn’t… I simply ignored it. What was his explanation?

      • His account was hacked and he asked me to understand that he had no power over that. He hasn’t been to the Ukraine and hasn’t lost his wallet and … it would … seem has not really asked for money. In any event, now that I have a no email policy it can’t happen again.

        By the way, I wrote on his blog (not email) to explain why I was walking away.

  19. Well, Bon … I have nominated you for the Liebster Award, which I hope pleases you. If you follow this link http://elementalprofundity.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=1948&action=edit&message=6 , it will take you to my page. You’ll find the Liebster instructions as well as the 10 questions I have posed all of the impressive nominees. Enjoy answering them as much as I enjoyed my … hmm … intellectual adventure. Mark

  20. Lucky I found you! Yr posts help me to discover more Paris! A beautiful place im living in ! :))
    http://hadorable.wordpress.com/

  21. Bon, could you do me a favor and have a look at my post from my wingnut’s website … long story, but in a nutshell this guy has been stalking and harassing me for five years. Anyway, if you could have a look … and, well, if you write a comment I promise never to ask anymore favors

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s