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We speak to street photographer Jean-Baptiste Pellerin who’s been putting the unexpected back into our daily commute with his series of portraits. He’s stuck more than 4,000 portraits up in the streets of Paris to Tokyo, many of which you can now see at his first ‘indoor’ exhibition at bookshop Artazart on the Canal Saint Martin (till 23rd June). Words: Rooksana Hossenally During lockdown, the only people I had for company during my daily walks were those in 15 little glass frames neatly lined up on a wall of my neighbourhood in the 17th district. The small portraits of people taken in the streets all over the globe from Paris to India, the people in them ranged widely, from sartorial connoisseurs to café waitors, they all had one thing in common: their smiles. And smiles is photographer Jean-Baptiste Pellerin’s main currency. His portraits exude an infectious joy. So much so…

On the eve that France comes out of lockdown, our editor ponders over this last day and a new purpose. Credit: Steve Johnson After last night’s storm, the air is thinner but still feels warm enough to brave the outdoors in just a t-shirt. The sky is a dull grey that flattens all shadows, but there is a certain cheerfulness in the air. Families culminate around the smooth white walls of Saint Mary’s Church that marks the centre of the Batignolles, a youngish pushchair-donning-family type of neighbourhood. Le Comptoir des Batignolles serves spritzes with ice cubes that clink dully against the sides of plastic glasses to locals who stand on the pavement chatting away their Sunday afternoon before the rain sets in again. On rue Legendre, one of the area’s main arteries lined with bohemian-bourgeois boutiques and restaurants, a crew of slightly tipsy new owners (or perhaps they’re the old…

Exploring the world post-Covid, be it a far-flung destination when we can travel again or just your neighbourhood, is powerful. It broadens the mind, changes perspectives, and has the capacity to turn you into a better decision-maker. Pre-coronavirus, the world was already a very tense playground. But our choices of where we decide to go and how we decide to spend our money is now more important than ever before. Credit: WUP And that’s what WUP’s about: giving you the inside track on how best to support local businesses to help this city and the creatives working to make it the special destination we love, thrive. WUP is written by journalists who spend their days scouring the city for the best it has to offer, so they know a good deal when they see one – and that doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll find it on Instagram. Unless very well priced,…