Paris has long been known as one of the fashion capitals of the world, home to the great houses of Dior, Chanel, Givenchy, Saint-Laurent and others; but fashion in Paris is not confined to the salons and the catwalks.
Before leaving Australia, I had worked in a fashion photography studio in Sydney. One quiet Sunday, I was sauntering along the Right Bank when I came upon this scene and started to photograph it, not realising at first that the model was Sue Twigg from Australia.
It’s not the clothes you wear it’s the way you wear the clothes. Perhaps this is what epitomises Paris style. It is little wonder that the great fashion houses flourished in Paris, for the Parisians, both male and female, have a way of wearing even the most ordinary clothes with flair and elegance.
I set out to photograph the pattern of columns and lights in a colonnade in the Palais Royale. The young woman happened along by chance and changed the photograph completely.
After a day exploring in the West of the city I was crossing the pont Bir-Hakeim when I spotted this young woman waiting at a bus stop by the banks of the Seine.
In 1976 I lived in an hotel on this street for 2 months; but even in 1973 I was fascinated by the area known as Saint-Germain-des-Prés. It lies adjacent to the Latin Quarter, is a little more up-market but in the days when I was there it was the focal point for younger Parisians trying to make their mark on society.