Street photography: Iya Traoré


Watching the sunset over Paris from the top of Montmartre is one of my favorite evening activities. The ambiance is always good, musicians playing guitar, tourists and locals sharing beers and stories and the sky turning pink over the grey roofs. I went there yesterday with some friends after a delicious dinner at one of my favorite restaurants, Hank.

As we sat down, a guy was playing guitar behind us and tourists were snapping selfies all around us. But what caught my eye, was the guy who suddenly jumped up on the pillar next to the big stairs in front of Sacre Coeur and started the most incredible street performance. I obviously had to take about a million photos, as this guy was jumping and dancing, while balancing the ball on his head, feet and what not, never dropping it. I was so impressed I had to get in line afterwards, with all the people who wanted a selfie and I found out that his name is Iya Traoré and he has no less than 3 Guinnes World Records! My friends had already seen him on the steps before and knew him as “football man”. I’m often impressed by the performers and artists around Paris, be it a jazz band playing in the streets of Marais or someone selling their paintings in front of the Pompidou center, but this is one of the most exciting performances I’ve seen while living here.

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© All photos belong to Sophie Plougheld Voisin


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