Hypnotizingly Beautiful Visual Tour of Paris in Winter

The Quiet City

Camera jockey Andrew Julian has an immense talent for spotting and capturing beauty. Apropos, then, that he journeyed to Paris, which happens to be brimming with beauty at every turn. Most everyone is familiar with Paris in the summertime, whether via the myriad movies set there or by dint of commendable vacation planning. However, Julian decided to do a bit of Parisian perusal in the dead of winter, when streets weren’t teeming with tourists.

He captures the starkness of empty, early morning streets with graceful editing that peppers the video with perfectly symmetrical shots and slow, smooth pans across the industrial, residential and commercial cityscapes. Notre Dame Cathedral, the Louvre, the Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles, the Arc de Triomphe; even Rodin’s Le Penseur — “The Thinker” — seems to be savoring the frosty stillness. Arvo Pärt’s Spiegel im Spiegel, with its sparse piano punctuated by violin notes that sound like single snowflakes alighting, accompanies this terrific visual tour. Julian shot the entirety of this film with the impressive Blackmagic Cinema Camera.