I was just discussing with a friend how important it is for photographers to try all different kinds of things all the time. And maybe even to never strive at specializing in one specific genre of photography. Ironically it seems like I’ve become more known for my street photography than anything else. True, I’ve said it and I’ll say it again: If I had to make a choice and limit myself to one specific genre, I would most likely choose street photography. That said, I photograph everything that moves me. Little details catch my eye every minute of the day, whether I carry a camera or not. Learning how to see photographically is a big part of my teaching during the week-long workshops, even if most students come for the street photography component which is definitely the main focus.
The world is too beautiful to limit your vision! Once you learn to see, you can never be bored again, no matter how mundane your surroundings may seem. Sometimes it’s about a color or a texture, other times it’s all about light and shadows.
We are surrounded by beautiful things, even ordinary objects deserve a chance to be photographed in their best light and be rendered extraordinary. Here are a few random things I photographed during my daily outings this past month. None of them have people in them! Do you have a favorite?
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“The afternoon knows what the morning never suspected.” Robert Frost.
I can’t resist sharing the 4 pics below with you. I shot them yesterday afternoon in a small coastal town in Normandy. I shot all four frames in that exact sequence shown which took less than 2 or 3 minutes as the two beach cabins were quite close. The timelessness of the two scenes struck me and I am quite pleased that I was able to immortalized them. And this is why I am a street photographer! :)
The story behind the smile and a quick WWII history reminder…
I was walking by La Maison Gondrée near Pegasus Bridge in Normandy on this beautiful mid-July afternoon when this nice Englishman asked me if I could take a few pics of him and his buddies next to the iconic WWII landmark. I did, using his iPhone. As he was getting ready to leave, I wished him a good trip, he looked up and gave me the most genuine smile! I couldn’t resist sharing it with you as part of my ‘Beautiful Smiles of Strangers’ series.
Note that La Maison Gondrée, located in Bénouville, is now a café and is still owned by the daughter of the original owners. The Café is located a stone-throw away from the famous Pegasus Bridge and the landing site of the gliders operated by the men of the 6th Airborne Division. La Maison Gondrée was the first house to be liberated in France by the allies during the early hours of June 6, 1944.
More color for you today! I took a stroll to the nearby beach of Cabourg yesterday afternoon. It’s a beautiful beach, especially in front of Le Grand Hotel where you can rent an umbrella for the day and enjoy La Joie de Vivre…
My family home is in Normandy, France. As you know, I am not a landscape/seascape photographer and I am definitely more comfortable in an urban setting. I do love the coast though, and the ever-changing dramatic sky of Normandy is hard to beat. As you can see, everyday offers a completely different light. Whenever possible I choose to include the human element in my pictures, or at least the ‘idea’ of people, even if people are not present. That’s the street photographer in me. It’s all about people! :) Here are a few snapshots of the past fews days at home on the coast of France… Which is your favorite?
I was walking on the beach at sunset last night and spent a few minutes shooting silhouettes of a group of kids playing their favorite game on the beach.
Le football, aka. soccer, is definitely the national sport in my country. I am fortunate to be home during the World Cup to support my team.
Allez les Bleus! I will be cheering for you tomorrow night during the quarter finals. A repeat of 1998 would be nice but… No pressure! ‘Le Foot’ is a beautiful game and it will always be my favorite team sport. Whether it’s on the beach, or on an old parking lot, the ball has the power to bring kids together regardless of gender or race.
I always keep an eye out for old books when I’m out and about with my camera. Paris is the feast for the eyes in every aspect and old books are wonderful subjects for their color and texture. I cannot walk by a book dealer or book fair without snapping a few pics. All shot with the Fuji x100s. Do you like old books?
As I am getting ready to leave Paris to spend the rest of my vacation on the coast of France with family, the departure is feeling bittersweet. Paris is home. I’ve been very fortunate to come here several times a year lately and the City of Lights is filling my photographer’s heart with joy. I feel like a local in my favorite neighborhood. I discover something new every time I walk its street tirelessly, kilometer after kilometer, camera in hand. Better yet, each time I lead a photo workshop, I help new friends discover Paris through their lens and fall in love with its aura.
Only three months until my next visit to lead another photo adventure, followed by a personal trip over the winter months. Paris is mesmerizing in all seasons but I don’t mind leaving Summer to the tourists for now…
Here are my personal favorite pics from this trip. Which do you prefer?