Paris in the rain: street photography inspired by the French masters

Poring over the books at La Hune, I was captivated by the observations of everyday life as recorded by French masters such as Cartier-Bresson, Doisneau, Brassaï and American Elliott Erwitt. Inspired by a magical moment on the Pont Alexandre III when a passing thunderstorm swept through the city, I took these photographs…






Image credits: All photographs ©Kah Kit Yoong.


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  1. geraldine Sep 8, 2012 at 1:20 AM - Reply

    Thanks Kah Kit for sharing these pictures with us! I LOVE the one with the Pont des arts under the rain. It looks like it’s in the middle of a giant cloud of water. You might have been wet too! 🙂

    On your website, I love your pictures from Scotland. Want to go to Isle of Lewis right now.



  2. Celine Mangiardi Sep 9, 2012 at 8:59 PM - Reply

    Beautiful pictures!
    I don’t really like Paris under the rain but your pictures are a real pleasure for the eyes!

  3. clairegomolla Sep 10, 2012 at 10:18 AM - Reply

    Thank you Kah Kit for these beautiful pictures, I really love the way you use the greyness and rain with your lens, it looks like a romantic landscape.

  4. Kah Kit Yoong Sep 11, 2012 at 4:09 AM - Reply

    Thanks Geraldine. Yes Lewis and Harris have an edge of the world feel to it. But so does some of the awesome coastal locations I visited in Brittany recently.

  5. Kah Kit Yoong Sep 11, 2012 at 4:16 AM - Reply

    Thanks Celine and Claire. I guess some people don’t like the rain but when I took the photo on the Pont Alexandre I was absolutely drenched to the bone by an unexpected and massive deluge that day. It didn’t last long but I never felt so alive photographing in Paris as during that storm. Although about an hour later I was quite cold and had to strip off and change on the Champs Elysee; for some reason I had change of clothes in my bag that day. Also the camera stopped working for a few days after that shot.

  6. Virginia Jones Nov 5, 2012 at 11:35 AM - Reply

    Beautiful images. Proves that we all love Paris when it drizzles. A downpour is another story altogether for photographers!

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