Not the phantom

9th Arrondisement, Paris, 2013.

It was a drizzly late afternoon, and I can’t remember where I was headed. I was just following Benedicte, who generously volunteered to show me around Paris, and I was just taking in the busy streets of this part of town.

What I remembered were the prevalence of sign boards in Mandarin (because lots of Chinese tourists visit that part of town, where the Opéra Garnier is situated), and the chaotic vehicular and human traffic.
The shadowy figure in front of me is not the Phantom, but it might as well have been.

Photograph and Text © 2014 Callan Tham. All rights reserved.

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