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Night Over the Arc de Triomphe

Terry Mclaughlin


Behind the Shot

Terry absolutely loves visiting and photographing in Paris. “For me it’s about the architecture and street photography. The compositions are crazy here with all the lined streets and angles.”

The layout of the streets may seem chaotic to visitors, but the design is very intentional, thanks to the work of Georges-Eugène Haussmann. Emperor Napoleon III selected Haussman to completely redesign the city of Paris in the mid to late 1800s, demolishing much of the overcrowded medieval neighborhoods and modernizing the city with sewers, plumbing and wider boulevards. The rings of streets designed by Louis XVIII during the Bourbon Restoration were connected by a new system of wide boulevards cutting sharp angles through the older winding and narrow streets. 

“I never traveled outside of the United States until I went to Paris. The city remains one of my favorite places to visits. I’ve been here three times so far. I absolutely love it there. It inspires me. This particular trip was full of bucket-list opportunities. Visiting the Arc de Triomphe and shooting there at night was at the top of my list. So much happened in Paris—too much to describe. The trip ended up being one of the most intense adventures I have been on. There was a whole adventure involving catacomb exploring and crawling through a 30-foot-long tunnel of mud and slime, but that’s a story for a different photo.”