The Paris Journal: Visual Stories of Paris Neighborhoods
By Evan Robertson
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The Paris Journal is a series of digital books that combine photography and minimalist video into visual stories of Paris neighborhoods. Each volume explores one neighborhood over the course of one day.
VOLUME ONE takes you to the hilly neighborhood of Montmartre in Paris' 18th arrondissement. From charming cobblestone streets, to tucked away residences, steep steps to warmly lit cafes, follow along from morning to midnight with this visually rich photo journal.
VOLUME TWO takes you to the twin islands at the heart of the city, the Île St. Louis and Île de la Cité. The day begins moments before dawn at the Cité train station, followed by a long, leisurely stroll along the banks of the Seine - a story of light, shadow and water.
VOLUME THREE will be available this fall and takes you to the Latin Quarter - the vibrant heart of Paris’ literary and academic culture.
Each volume features:
- 120+ retina-optimized photos captured in exquisite detail and color
- 14+ videos that bring pause-worthy moments to life
- An uninterrupted visual narrative. No tips, editorial or distractions - just a quiet escape.
Photography by Nichole Robertson, best-selling author of Paris in Color. Videography and art direction by Evan Robertson, co-principal of Obvious State Studio.
What's New in Version 1.2
iPad versions include free iPhone-optimized download. iPhone-only version available at a reduced price.
I purchased this app to build anticipation prior to my Paris trip (as if I need anymore!). I didn't know what I was expecting but I was honestly blown away by this sunrise through nightfall stroll through Montmartre. The images were sublime. The app also included a few visual surprises that I won't give away here but they made me laugh out loud in delight. Best of all, the authors let me take this virtual walk quietly alongside them without jabbering in my ear about historical facts, "best places to visit" or your typical travel book details. Of course there is a time and place for all that but this engrossing tour was perfected without it. I only wish the other chapters/neighborhoods were published already as my trip is in a few weeks!
This is how all apps should look!
What a delight to take such an easy and simple stroll through Paris! When I first read "photos and videos," I assumed the interface would make you open video pop out screens and you'd have to navigate back and forth. But no! The videos are seamlessly integrated into the journal, making this experience so close to how one actually views a neighborhood in person. Can't wait for the next chapters!
The Paris Journal makes you feel as though you're actually in Paris, walking around and taking in the sights. The lack of intrusion (from text and audio) allows you to experience the city as you would if you went exploring on foot. You can stop and enjoy the small details that make Montmartre unique, and the video truly makes the city come to life. I highly recommend it to both seasoned Parisian travelers and newbies alike!
- Category: Photo & Video
- Updated: May 21, 2013
- Version: 1.2
- Size: 3.1 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Evan Robertson
- © 2013 Obvious State Studio
Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.
Top In-App Purchases
- Vol. 1: Montmartre$2.99
- Vol.2: Île St. Louis + Île de la Cité$2.99
- Vol. 1: Montmartre$1.99
- Vol.2: Île St. Louis + Île de la Cité$1.99