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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to spend 2 months out of every year in Paris? That’s what writer, photographer and author Nicole Robertson does every year along with her husband Evan. Together they run Obvious State and their photography and illustrations are world renowned.  Fortunately for the rest of us, Nicole’s The Paris Print Shop on Etsy is full of her incredible images, plus some brand new original notebooks, prints and cards showcasing Evan’s brilliant illustrations. If you’ve wanted to travel to Paris and still haven’t done so, you can always live vicariously through these incredible prints.

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Nicole began shooting her images of Paris after moving there with her husband and two sons back in 2009. Not content with the usual ‘touristy’ images that we all are accustom to seeing, Nicole starting taking images that showcased similar color palettes. It’s such a brilliant idea and I love that she offers her prints in sets. What an easy way to bring art into your space. Here’s how Nicole describes her work:

“I realized I was taking the kind of photos of Paris that as a raging Francophile I wanted to see, but could never find. There are plenty of photos of the Eiffel Tower and sunsets over the Seine, but when I wasn’t in Paris I wanted to BE in Paris–on the streets, sitting at a café, peering into a cheese shop, admiring the light on the cobblestones, noticing a charming sign for a €10 bouquet of tulips. I didn’t want the dressed up, tourist version of Paris, I wanted the Converse and t-shirt Paris. The Paris you see when you step out of the shadows of the monuments.”

As you can see from the images she takes, Nicole has an incredible eye and there is an obvious love for her subject. I find the photographs both stunning in details and very meditative. If you really want to see all the color palettes in one place, you can always pick up an autographed copy of Nicole’s Paris in Color book, her collaboration with Chronicle Books. It’s 128 pages of pure Paris magic.

You know what would be a great project? Visiting Paris, with Nicole’s book in hand, and trying to discover some of the locations that she captured on film. Sign me up for that trip tout de suite!

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I didn’t want to leave Evan out. He’s designed these gorgeous black and gold images called the Paris Travelers series, celebrating “the things you do over the things you see.” All four locations depicted, The Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame and Pont Neuf, “serve only as architectural backdrops to Paris’ pedestrian pleasures.”

The Paris Traveler series is available as prints, cards and notebooks. Grab a set of each, they’re totally worth it. By the time you’re done, you’ll be ready to plan that dream trip. Or at least you’ll be ready to dream about it. Let Nicole and Evan know what you think of their work on Twitter at @obviousstate or in the comments below.

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