Thursday, November 03, 2011

Foreign Film

Copyright Monica L. Shulman
When I was 20 years old I moved to Paris to spend a semester abroad.  I was in school in Boston and I just needed to leave and find a place to start fresh.  Basically I was running away from a few things that were haunting me and while I fully understood that whatever issues I thought I had would follow me where ever I went (and they did), at the time the best solution I could come up with was to go someplace as far away as it was fabulous.  I started studying French in junior high school and had continued through college so Paris was a no-brainer.  I went alone and met some pretty incredible people.  I learned more about myself during those nearly six months that I was gone than I did in the first 20 years of my life.

Every time I have been back I've fallen more and more in love with the city and maybe it's because of what the place did for me.  On one particular trip in late 2001 with my then-new-boyfriend, now-husband, I had become a bit obsessed with photographing Parisians..some of the most beautiful, eccentric, classic, irreverent and fabulous people I've ever had the pleasure of knowing...or at least watching.

Here are some of my favorite images.  They are scans of pictures from my personal archive and they were shot using this film You can also check out more of my photos of Paris here.

Copyright Monica L. Shulman
Copyright Monica L. Shulman
Copyright Monica L. Shulman
Copyright Monica L. Shulman
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