Bak Deros’ shift starts at midnight and ends at dawn.
He is the best-known bouncer in Paris. His maxim is “diplomacy before muscle”. Ariane Dalle’s studio is an ocean of colours and patterns. As a designer of home textiles, she believes fabrics are a way of expressing emotions. Ariane loves literature and street art, Bak has an obsession with the 70s and the movie character Shaft. While she takes the Metro (“too many traffic jams in Paris”), he travels each night by car: “At five in the morning, the city is asleep,” he says, “and the Rue Rivoli belongs to me alone.” We invited the two of them to test the A 45 AMG 4Matic. Before we get to that, let it be stated: the pair negotiated the Paris rush hour in the AMG A-Class without difficulty. Life was not so simple for the photographer, however, who had to put up with countless curious onlookers getting in the way of his shots. One Russian lady even put her head through the open passenger window to ask for an autograph. She had no idea who was inside, but that didn’t seem to matter.