Artist Blaise Arnold’s nostalgic photo series focuses on significant Parisian cafés, stranded on lonely street corners. Equipped with his tripod, Arnold tours throughout Paris and its mottled suburbs on the weekends, searching out these character-filled bistros and bars. Shooting strictly at dawn or dusk, in wet weather, his project Red Lights has a cohesive visual theme that emits a certain dark yet wistful aura.
The aim of Arnold’s piece is to draw attention to these endangered haunts. He seeks to immortalize the significant, vintage meeting spots scattered throughout the changing city before they disappear completely. With neon lights reflecting off wet asphalt, Arnold’s photographs evokes a melancholic mood of nostalgia, as he pays tribute to the passage of time and attempts to capture the rich details of these lost cafés before they disappear.