Rue Mouffetard bar in Paris black & white photo

Like most photographers into street photography, my inspiration comes from two greats, Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Doisneau both from France and whose famous black & white photos were taken in Paris. Whilst I’m under no illusions that my B & W efforts come anywhere near the quality of work by these two champions, I’ve done a few B & W projects and this is from my Paris collection. Rue Mouffetard is a long street in the 5th arrondissement in Paris’s south. If you love food, this is the place to be. Markets, shops, restaurants and bars line this street with some lively characters thrown in. Taken on Ilford XP2 film

Le mouffetard bar on Rue Mouffetard, home to one of Paris's many markets.© 2007 Nick Katin

Le mouffetard bar on Rue Mouffetard, home to one of Paris’s many markets.© 2007 Nick Katin

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Travel different – London3

Sub Station Restaurant Near Katharine dock, East London, England

Sub Station Restaurant Near Katharine dock, East London, England © 2010 Nick Katin

One of the more interesting developments in east central London is the resurgence of English food which, it has to be said, has, in the past, been notoriously bad! But here we discovered a couple of places doing quality traditional English food, the Albion and
St John ’s. Kedgeree (look it up) shepherd’s pie and old spot bacon sandwich are the just a few yummy examples from their menus. Being anal about coffee we even managed to find the Brick Lane café on, surprise, surprise, Brick Lane. It not only does good coffee but has the sort of vibe that wouldn’t be out of place in Melbourne or Seattle which as every coffee addict knows are two major coffee holy grails.

Brick lane cafe Poplar London, England

Brick lane cafe Poplar London, England © 2010 Nick Katin