Parisian Gotham by Elliot Selwood in Paris, France

When people think of Paris, they think of beautiful old buildings, magnificent churches and cathedrals, and of course the tower that shall not be named (It begins with E). Yet Paris is much more than this, of course the center of Paris is very close to the postcard-like opinion people have of it, but as soon as you distance yourself from the Seine, the Champs Elysee, you discover these massive urban expanses on the outskirts of the city. Beaugrenelle is one of these places. Located in the south of the city, it is a patchwork of different types of strange architecture. With this series of photographs, I wanted to show a lone traveller who is discovering these places for the first time. I decided upon using a very grainy and textured image to replicate what might be a CCTV camera, observing this solitary character as he wanders in this empty urban landscape.

Name:Elliot Selwood

Photographer and Musician


Finding the most original way to say something that has already been said

Tell us about Paris:

I’ve lived here for the past 4 years. I grew up in the countryside in south-west France, yet having spent my early childhood living in london, I’m a city person at heart. Paris is a city of opposites. It’s a great place to study, yet I never seemed to. It’s a relatively small city but there are always new things to discover. There is so much history and culture here but it also happens to be one of the most forward thinking cites in Europe.

It’s the perfect place to live if you are young and conflicted!

A perfect day?

Waking up late, spending the morning eating, drinking coffee and watching rubbish tv. In the afternoon, go to the cinema, a museum, an exhibition or just walk around in my favorite areas of the city. In the evening meet some friends for a drink in one of our regular bars and see where the night goes from there!

What is the best thing about Paris?

There are so many cinemas here

What is the worst?

Everything is so expensive (Oh, and the metro in the morning!)

What would be surprising about this place to an outsider?

Paris is really small (And people aren’t as rude or as smelly as people think!)

If Paris was a person or character who would it be?

Dr. Jekell and Mr. Hyde (Does that count as one?)

Who are three of your favorite artists?

Gregory Crewdson, Christopher Nolan, The Smiths.


Name:Elliot Selwood


Favorite place to eat:

Dim Sum Cantine (Rue Manuel 9th arrondissement)

Favorite place to drink:

Le Dernier Bar avant la Fin du Monde (A geek themed bar with games at the urinals, whats not to like!?)

Favorite shop:

One of the old camera shops on Boulevard Beaumarchais

Local Tip:

Use the Velib system, you see so much more of Paris on a bike!

Must Do:

Don’t stay in the center of Paris, go everywhere, there is a gem hiding in every corner!