In Black and White, Everyone has a Certain Je Ne Sais Quoi Parisien145 Parisien210 Parisien199 Parisien029 Parisien204 Parisien032 Parisien169 Parisien176 Parisien203 Parisien076 Parisien040 Parisien021 Parisien150 Parisien164 Parisien015 Parisien046 Parisien014 Parisien075 Parisien120 For Paris based photographer, Constantin Mashinskiy, the idea of creating a collection of portraits came many years ago, when a stranger interrupted his picture taking on the streets of Paris to ask for a cigarette. “Only if you let me take a picture of you,” Constanin replied jokingly. The stranger agreed, and thus, the idea of 365 Parisiens was born; a street photography blog where a portrait of a Parisian stranger will be posted everyday for 365 days. He is now currently on day 275. ‘It’s completely random, but some days I try to have goals for fun; such as photographing someone who is a specific age, category, or even something minor like a person wearing a hat.’ Constantin’s actual day job is in graphic design and art direction, which often feeds into his photography; using a ‘multidisciplinary approach to aspects of creation,’ he finds inspiration from working across different creative platforms. We found out more about his project: The Plus: How do people react when you approach them for a photograph? Constantin Mashinskiy: Quite well, most of them are curious and polite even if they refuse to be a part of the project. Some minor incidents have happened, like a businessman who replied “I don’t have money” after I said “Bonjour”, or a lady who thought that I was a paparazzi or something. TP: Why black & white? CM: I somehow find that colour is quite distracting and as Ted Grant once said: “When you photograph people in colour, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in black and white, you photograph their souls”. But I do shot other series in colour also. TP: What’s next, will you do another 365 project? CM: Concerning photography, I’m already working on some long-term projects. And for the moment, I’m not sure if I’ll do another 365 set soon, but I’m sure that I will continue to take street portraits quite often. Check out the project’s Facebook page.