The streets are alive by Stéphane Navailles

Stéphane Navailles
“The street is my engine”

The streets are his engine. They are alive and they make Stéphane alive. Every day no matter what happens, his eyes and mind are alert on the streets, everywhere, be it in a big city or in a small town.

When the elements are intriguing and somewhat challenging, in a few seconds, he envisions a scenario and his eyes are on the lookout. It can take a long time and time has no limit. He only stops when satisfied. His goal is to show that familiar scenes can be harmoniously integrated into different urban landscapes. 

At a small “scale”, besides the pleasure he feels at each shot, his photos can be a testimony of human architectural evolution but also a certain weakness. The symmetry, the beauty of the lines can be found in his pictures, which brings stability to viewers and also himself.


  • The Stair
  • Besancon
  • Paris
  • Bon marché
  • Musée jardin des Plantes
  • Old lady
  • Structure et reflections
  • Reims
  • La Défense

Stéphane Navailles is a street-photographer, living in France. His wanderings allow him to discover atmospheres, graphics, about which, sometimes, he did not even have any single idea. What he likes is the spirit called “one-shot” but also the patience until all the elements that he imagined in his scenario are put in place.

Photography has illuminated his path since he discovered that even the banalest place can be sublimated. It may seem pretentious, but if pretentious means to put a little madness, tenderness, anger and emotion through different atmospheres then he is not afraid to be called pretentious.

“Strolling along the streets in Paris or Strasburg is full of fleeting figures”
“To capture and above all to share these moments is gratifying”
“The street is the stage and I stand in the wings waiting for the actors and actresses”


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