Photographer Florian Beaudenon captures people from above, in private spaces.

The series is called "Instant Life."

Beaudenon captures a variety of French folks doing what they do.

That might mean naked cat-cuddling (no judgments).

Often people are sitting on their floors.

Not sure if this is a cultural difference or if it just makes for a nicer photo.

The series is currently on display in Paris at a spot called "The Brooklyn."

Many of the photos feature artists of some type--photographers, painters, writers.

Sometimes they feature sex toy collectors.

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Photographer Captures Everyday Life In France From Above

Parisians all seem to have really nice apartments.

We love sneaky glimpses into other people's lives, which is why we've been known to trawl real estate listings of the extraordinarily wealthy. Now, a new series by French photographer Florian Beaudenon takes that up a notch by featuring people caught from above, and inside, as they go about their daily lives.

The series, titled "Instant Life," shows a variety of French women as they live their seemingly cool French lives—sitting on distressed wood floors writing in a journal, painting abstract paintings, working on a bike, cuddling a ferret, and sitting on a bed surrounded by sex toys. The camera hovers directly above its subjects, so the shots are taken at close range; it's a smart trick because we enter each woman's personal space but never see her face. (Note to Francophiles: stock up on ferrets and vibrators, and ditch your carpet.)

The series is on display in a bar in Paris called "The Brooklyn," which, curiously, features French dishes such as terrine and American dishes, including cheesesteak. The photos will be on display at The Brooklyn until June 30, or you can check them out on Beaudenon's site.

[H/T DesignTaxi]

[Photos by Florian Beaudenon]

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  • Every now and then, some dude with a digital camera comes out of the woodworks with a clever idea and make a series of photos using the same gimmick. And blogs pick it up and run a story about it. Theses photos are staged, boring, and look like they were boring to shoot to. The people in those photos look bored and are boring to watch. The only photo that saves the day is the girl with the dildos on the bed. Boring.

  • Carl Yvens

    I live in Paris, I can tell you that we don't have nice appartments like these photos suggest.