Summer cruise, Paris. Photograph by David Alan Harvey. Harvey got the shot after spending weeks hanging out with French teenagers as they approached their high school graduation:
About 90 percent of the time, it was really boring. They were just doing homework or taking exams. But they got used to me and I became a mascot, so that they wouldn’t pay too much attention to me, and I was both a part of their lives yet detached enough to take the photographs.
This picture is the most representative of the culture because it’s just after graduation, and you have the water and the Eiffel Tower in the background. I took more intimate photos too, but this one worked really well for the story.