Julian Torres is a Paris-based fashion photographer who has been a long-time contributor to Vogue Arabia. Originally from Corsica, a beautiful island off the coast of mainland France, Torres began his journey as a photographer working in cinema. During his time working on films, he photographed actors Catherine Deneuve, Kevin Costner, Kristin Scott Thomas among many others. Today, he shoots for brands like Chaumet, Van Cleef & Arpels and Boucheron along with editorials for a multitude of magazines in Europe and around the world. But his fondest memory from when he started out was when he ﬁrst worked with Tunisian couturier Azzedine Alaia. “He gave me his trust,” says Torres. “I was so honored to shoot his collection. I took a real pleasure to express my vision through his creations. I’ll always feel blessed and grateful for the opportunity.”
The lockdown has been a creative outlet for artists and photographers around the world. Here are a few images which Torres took from his home in Paris with his trusted Leica SL. The images show Paris, in all its glory, albeit with not a soul in its usually bustling cobblestone streets. The moody photos have a melancholic quality to them that is impossible to ignore, a certain je ne sais quoi – that lends them their charm. It’s almost like you are there with the photographer, sitting atop his terrace, looking at the supermoon and wondering what life will really be like when all this is over. But for now, here’s a little bit of Torres’ Paris.
Home, March 21. I took this photo because I was astonished by the silence in the city. Something I'd never "heard" before.
Ghost City, March 22. Just silence and no one.
On The Roof, March 31. I like spending time on the roof. Sometimes I meditate there and observe the still horizon.
Tour Eiffel, April 1. The sky was so strong in its energy with the sun setting behind the Eiffel Tower.
The Supermoon, April 7. I was mesmerised by the last full moon and decided to photograph it to be able to "touch" it.
In Nature - A Memory. In quarantine what I truly miss is nature. Since all my travel plans were canceled due to the lockdown, I remind myself with the beautiful memories from the past. And it helps me stay grounded in these uncertain times.