Skating Through Pigalle’s Dark Night During The Anniversary Of The Paris Attacks
November 13 marks the anniversary date for the terrible event that occurred in Paris last year, unofficially dubbed the “Paris Attacks.” This year, the country – and the rest of the world for that matter – spent the day of the 13 mourning in their own way, be it personally, publicly through social media, or collectively with family and friends. However a few individuals decided to take a more creative approach to paying homage to the Parisian attack, namely respected French-based photographer Sebastian Zanella, who set out on the eve of the anniversary to capture a group of skaters as they shred through Paris’ notorious red light district, Pigalle.
It felt like a natural ode to our liberty in France.
Done in Zanella’s signature ominous yet enchanting vibe, the photos – which follows his previous series of a hauntingly barren Venice Beach shot at 6am features local skater Antoine Plainfossé as he skates through the dark and promiscuously lit streets of Pigalle, which offered an unusual feeling on that night even for the Parisians, who claimed that there was a “strange feeling.” in the air.
What wasn’t so strange yet still served to add to the compelling nature of Zanella’s latest photo series was that the neighborhood was lit up in a mix of blue, white and red neon lighting – perhaps a conscious effort from the neighboring establishments for the sake of the anniversary. “It felt like a natural ode to our liberty in France,” Zanella recalls. make sure you peep through his images of Plainfossé as he explores Pigalle on wheels in the gallery above, and click here to find more of Zanella’s work.