But Paris was a very old city and we were young and nothing was simple there, not even poverty, nor sudden money, nor the moonlight, nor right and wrong nor the breathing of someone who lay beside you in the moonlight.
Hemingway called Paris a ‘moveable feast’. As a city it’s a kind of celebration that’s not fixed to a particular date or time, it just turns on the charm and never quite switches it off again. Florent Petitfrere’s shoot of models Elena & Manuela is a modern tale of being young and set free in Paris’ city streets. Stylist Maryline Mathieu puts together outfits that have the effortless air of Parisian chic, mixed with a edge of defiant, youthful rebellion. The girls are not captive to any walls or rules as they make Paris’ streets their home, but Petitfrere’s shots have a kind of emotion to them that seems to mirror Hemingway’s memoirs: just because you’re young in a very old city, doesn’t mean things are simple.
Once a model himself, it makes sense that Petitfrere started out life in front of the lens: he brought something unique back with him when he stepped behind it.
Petitfrere’s shoot appears in Bambi Magazine issue 12. View it in full by visiting Bambi, or by clicking on the thumbnails above.