Paris insight: ‘Untucked’

Paris is a city of so many stories: historic, red-letter events and intimate personal occasions. They’re woven together in the fabric of the city of light. In this new series, you’re invited to indulge your curiosity with a spot of virtual people-watching and creative insight into the lives of Parisians.

Join us to discover the candid, quiet and sometimes comedic moments of everyday humanity in Paris.
See how the daily grind takes on an intriguingly beautiful quality against the backdrop of the beloved capital.

Thanks to our favourite Parisian Instagram accounts.


MyFrenchLife™ – – Paris Insight – Untucked – MidlifeinParis – Kevin Doolan – street photography - 450 x 562

 Le Marais, 75001 Paris

Paris insight – ‘Untucked’

On a weekend that brings Easter, Purim and printemps
to Paris, a candid image of a young man hiding from a holiday gathering
while still dressed for temple feels appropriate.

I encountered this moment in the 4ème when the usually buzzing
streets were silenced by religious observance. Another example of Paris’
complex balance, the Marais is simultaneously the city’s historic
Jewish quarter, a tourist destination for upscale boutique shopping,
and the epicentre of the rich LGTB social scene.

Ancient buildings, narrow passages and well-worn cobblestones
provided a dramatic backdrop that was rendered more austere by the
absence of crowds and the muted presence of reverence and love.

As the echoes of gatherings cascaded from open windows above,
our subject stole a moment for himself to soak in the Rue des Rosiers,
looking dapper and retro-cool in his traditional Orthodox apparel;
hanging in one world while dressed for another.


Untucked – Meet Kevin Doolan from @midlifeinparis Instagram – merci mille fois!

Parisian insights:
Street photography from our favourite Parisian Instagram accounts accompanied by observations of people & places in the city of light.

Do you relate to this fusion of image & insight in the city of light? In what way? Let us know in the comments!

 Image credits:
1. Untucked by Kevin Doolan. Via Instagram.

About the Contributor

Judy MacMahon

Experience FRANCE beyond the CLICHÉ with MyFrenchLife is for Curious Savvy Francophiles wherever you are. Meet Francophiles in France, online, and/or wherever you live. You’re very welcome to join us - Judy MacMahon -

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