We shot this series a few weeks ago with the photographer Alice Lévêque. She took the pictures in my beloved neighborhood between Villiers and Batignolles – a great way to celebrate it. From the “rue de Lévis”, lined with small food businesses, to the covered market, the streets still have their convivial atmosphere and popular spirit. It’s like a village inside Paris with its pedestrian streets, its terraces, its newspaper kiosks and the neighborhood shops run by atypical characters. We loved “Bigoudi”, the hairdresser on “rue des Dames” who opened the doors of her salon to us and let us shoot peacefully while she went to the “3 pièces cuisine” to have a cup of coffee. We had a bit less fun waiting endlessly in front this little café because the hours displayed were not right! I think we could say they were out to lunch! But it adds to the local charm.
Alice just graduated and won the “Grand Prix Photo 2015” in her school, the ETPA in Toulouse. From Verlaine to Jacques Brel, this neighborhood of Paris inspired quite a lot of artists, and she won’t be the one to say otherwise after shooting these beautiful pictures, which give a good overview of her artistic universe and her talent. See more of her work here!