Paris by the colors.

One time I told James that I wanted to make a giant color wheel, made entirely of photos of the colorful doors all over DC. He calmly replied that he can only muster the appropriate enthusiasm for so many of my ideas, and I needed to decide if that one was where I wanted to invest my capital.

I’m still thinking it might be worth it, because I love color. As I walked around Paris this week, I found myself entranced afresh by this bright city of many colors. Yes, the average Parisian only wears the the trinity of black, grey, and beige, but the city itself — she puts on a show.

I dragged my big camera around with me the first day or two, but after a couple days I left it at home. Let’s be honest – I have a lot of pictures of Paris. I will whip it out again when my students role into town tomorrow, but I don’t really need tons more photos of this city. Instead, I found myself enjoying the ease of pulling out my phone to capture all the beautiful and colorful bits of this city. And one night, when I returned home after a day of wanderings, I was scrolling through my photos and it came to me…

…I can arrange them all in a giant color grid.



Done. You’re welcome. I may have cried a little bit when I looked at the finished product. Because COLOR. And ORDER. And THAT TINY CAT WITH ITS HEAD OUT THE WINDOW.

Anyways, all this to say that this city never ceases to amaze me. Looking forward to sharing it with my students when they roll in tomorrow morning!

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15 Responses to Paris by the colors.

  1. Oh, I totally get that. Nearly all the photocollages on my blog are arranged by color (e.g. a trip to Copenhagen:

    Je te souhaite encore un très bon séjour à Paris (et puis bien sur en Allemagne)!
    Si jamais vous visitez Berlin – n’hésitez pas d’écrire un eMail. Je vous montrerais avec grand plaisir les quelques coins colorés de notre capitale. :o)


  2. streckerme says:

    girl. you make me want to be a color person. and that’s saying something! gorgeous. 🙂

  3. I completely teared up at that amazing collage. Because you’re so right about the color. And that little cat with its head out the window.

    Also, for what it’s worth, I would go to a museum to see a parisian door color wheel.

  4. Maria says:

    You’re awesome! I wish I was one of your students 😊. I really enjoy your posts…. Keep em coming!

  5. Naomi says:

    LOVE THIS. I’ll be in Paris in June and would love any recommendations on non-touristy things to do (like what streets to wander down, etc).

    • Hannah says:

      Honestly, the touristy things are all pretty awesome, though the touristy restaurants – not so much. If you search through Paris posts, I have a decent number of things that I recommend. I really enjoyed the trek to Rue Crémieux this time to see all the colorful houses, and I always love wandering Le Marais.

      Enjoy your trip!

  6. Beautiful! Great job! 🙂

  7. Maryah says:

    That is beyond fantastic. (I especially love that white Bug) =)

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