The tables were turned on a recent tour I took, as I had the camera being pointed back at myself. Mico Saad from the TV show Galwat & Oklat Mico joined me on a trip around Paris with the challenge to improve his photography.
Mico has had his own show on the Al Ghad Al Arabi TV network for two seasons where he tried and spectacularly failed to become a chef. In this the the third season they left behind the kitchen and the crew are following him around the globe where he needs to faces the challenges of traveling. He has been meeting people, learning the language, hearing the sounds and immersing himself in the culture and history by listening to locals sharing their stories and discovering what makes their lives different. His challenge when he came to Paris, was to improve his photography, so I grabbed my camera and we hit the streets together.
Although he is out of the kitchen now, it doesn't mean we didn't treat ourselves to some delicious eats. A couple of croissants, some crepes and of course, no trip to Paris (especially for a Gourmand) could be complete without stopping at the world's best Ice Creamery, Berthillon, on the Île-Saint-Louis. The family owned business in the heart of Paris is a rare delight in the fact that Parisiens will happily consume un boule and stroll around the picturesque Island behaving exactly like a tourist. On s'est arrêtés chez Berthillon. Perfect name-dropping.
It was a little odd to have the camera pointed at me at all times. A cable running from my back pocket to a small microphone on my lapel recording my every murmur. I am so used to being on the other side of the camera that I can't help but feel a little odd and self conscious. One could see Mico had no such issues as his energetic personality takes over the screen and the result was a rather entertaining episode. I was really quite happy to have been a part of the whole process and thank the producers for asking me to be a part of it. From what I have heard about his cooking, I am happy to say, he walked away a better photographer than a chef.
Watch the full episode below. If you would like to take a photography tour of Paris, make sure to head over to Aperture Tours to book yours. www.aperturetours.com
Author : Alexander J.E. Bradley
Alexander is the founder of Aperture Tours (formally Paris Photography Tours) and heads up the tours in Paris. A professional photographer for over a decade Alexander enjoys shooting the surreal, mixing dreamlike qualities into his conceptual images.