Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Music. I am.

Music. I realise that I am a music produce. My parents met at a music association event, where they both played traditional Breton music. Music was always played at home (Irish folk, Breton Trad, British & American 60’s & 70's stuff). During the holidays I was dragged to music shows and festivals. I particularly liked colourful shows with dancers responding to the rhythm of world music. 

Today, my whole family is still involved with music.

They feel they have a mission. They discover, they listen, they learn, they play, they record and they share their passion. The following images tell the story of a guitar player who recently decided to try to learn the violin. It’s a tough instrument to grasp. He’s really into it. Can you sense it? 

The individual

The setting

The instrument

The warm up

The passion

Friday, April 13, 2012

High Tranquility

Most people have a preference between the mountain and the sea. Personally, I prefer the sea. However, now that the sea is not so close to me, the mountains are giving me the opportunity to understand its spirit. So what is the mountain spirit? We each have our own interpretation of what it has to offer, the experiences, the culture, the architecture, the danger. Pretty safe to say that they offer gobsmacked views... and difficult ones to capture on camera. 

I was fortunate enough to stay in a non-touristic village in the Alps and to grasp the atmosphere of living high up there. This series, taken in Longefoy, illustrates the peaceful way to appreciate the mountain spirit. Forget speedy skiers, the adventurous mountain trekking, or the real danger hanging above your head all the time. This is Taking it easy, Relaxing Mode, Appreciation of nature. Enjoy high tranquility.

Longefoy, La Plagne, French Alps. 

Special thanks to Rebecca and Nick for the opportunity.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Reddishly warmer

I only recently discovered the medieval village of Pérouges. You might have already seen the post "Ye Olde", aiming to age the place. This time, my objective was to revive the stones by giving it a warm & slight red tint. This is Pérouges.

Pérouges is one of the 156 "Plus Beaux Villages de France". The association regroups and identifies the most beautiful villages of France, with the aim to protect and promote their outstanding heritage (www.les-plus-beaux-villages-de-france.org/en/perouges). 

Monday, April 2, 2012

Ye Olde Village

This is not Deep England. But a French historic village and an 11th century castle. Both touristic places in their own right. 

The medieval feel of Pérouges village and Virieu castle inspired me to attempt deepening the "Ye Olde" look. From a photographic point of the view, it's the obvious thing to do, but I have to go through the obvious first before digging in further and let the creative juice do its thing. 

A dark alley

The Old square

A narrow street

The courtyard