What happens to a city after tragedy strikes? In the case of the Paris attacks occurring on November 13th, people had to stay strong while showing their love and support for those who have lost their lives (and everyone affected). I had the chance to be there, and I am grateful I was able to feel the love and kindness throughout the whole city as everyone supported each other. Documenting the lives of those living through this event was an eye opening experience as I realized how tragedy can bring people together.
My family and I visited the Place de la République, where a memorial rose to honor those who had lost their lives in the attacks. I think that this was one of the most emotional parts of the trip, as the atmosphere here was one of sadness and loss. On the bright side, there were so many kind individuals who were there to show support and offer comfort after a terrible tragedy. Looking around, I saw several people holding up signs saying “Free Hugs”, and were then quickly approached by those who needed the small gesture of kindness. It was very difficult for children to understand what happened, and I noticed there was a man helping a little girl blow bubbles to get her mind off of what was going on. Also, there were kids and adults who were holding small paper hearts – again to show the love that the city has to offer to everyone affected.
For the first time since arriving, my family and I were able to see one of the anti-terrorist demonstrations that occurred in Paris. The anger and sadness were far more evident in this situation, with hundreds and hundreds of supporters marching in the streets to show that Parisians can and will stand up to terrorists.
Hopefully you can get a better glimpse of the positive energy that brought people together, something that was not widely portrayed by the media. Let’s remember 2015 as a year when hope rose up above the violence!
For more photos from Paris, check out my VSCO 🙂