Fear upon Paris – Photographic trip in La défense, the business hub of Paris

The bright and dark face of La Defense business center in Paris

I worked more than 7 years in La Défense which is the major business district of the Paris Metropolitan Area. Life there is really tense, stressful and fast! Looking back I can say that living there is not living. It’s surviving

But this place is a dream for all photographers thanks to all the skyscrapers (71 in this area) and malls all around this place. The place is lively during the week with more than 200 000 workers and 20 000 inhabitants but in Week end… it’s almost empty and could be really scary when the night arrives as this photo lets you imagine…

Shoot from La Défense, Paris

The place isn’t really dangerous, but with all this dim lights and shadows everywhere, all encounters are a bit scary… lol!

I went there with my cousin in late 2008 for a full day to practice street photography (probably the first time in my whole life that I practice Street photography) and we enjoyed that time together!

I’ve many pictures of this place in my archives, but all in JPG format and not RAW… I’m going to post some of them in the following weeks!


  1. French photographer, but you prefer to post in english. I would be happy to see other photos about La Defense. I agree life is very stressfull there.

    • Et oui, en anglais. Bon… À ma décharge la plupart de mes amis photographes et des visiteurs de ce site sont étrangers. Donc l’anglais est en fait nécessaire. Et ça me permet aussi de progresser dans cette langue. Comme je passe la majorité de mon temps à l’étranger, le français ne m’est guère utile 🙁
      Je suis content de savoir que ces photos de la défense trouvent un certain écho 🙂
      J’en posterai donc d’autres dans les semaines à venir, c’est une très bonne idée, merci pour la suggestion 🙂

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