yesterday, p and i decided to do a bit of aimless wandering down the charming streets of paris – patrick with his new shootsac and a monopod, and me with my mark iv and rapidstrap. after a crepe breakfast, we stumbled upon a riot, and quite a large one at that. not knowing at all what people were screaming about, we decided to shoot and find out as we followed them.
it turns out that the french government wants to raise the minimum retirement age from 60 to 62. i can see why people might be a little perturbed by that.
the strike is putting much of the city on hold – especially transportation. but for us, it was a day of discovery and a lot of novelty.
definitely some objectionable content here and there.
and then the craziness began.
and at midday, it was almost as dark as night because of the smoke.
and just around the corner, crowd control waiting for a disturbance.
and as we turned down a side street to leave the craziness, we enjoyed the relative peace, although the smoke continued to follow us for quite some time.