Museum-Goers 01

I have a feeling that this may be part 1 of a new ongoing series. The way people experience art in museums has always interested me, I often find it humorous. Definitely an interesting subject to photograph…

 

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Street Focus

Bonjour!

In case you haven’t heard the news yet, I started hosting my very own podcast Street Focus: An Ongoing Exploration of Urban Photography. I invite you to listen to this new weekly show which is part of the popular TWiP (This Week in Photo) network. The podcast is free for download on iTunes and you can also sign up to receive it via email (the audio is available on the show notes each week).

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Also, I’ve added some workshops for 2015: A weekend of street photography in Paris in January, a week in Rome in April and a week in Paris in May and a weekend in Minneapolis in June. I hope to meet some of you during a photo adventure in 2015! To read my latest newsletter you can click here. To receive updates, please sign up here.

Valérie

Story Of A Window

I just spent a beautiful week in Paris doing what I love best: Sharing my passion for photography with like-minded people during one of my photography workshops. I stayed in a small apartment under the iconic Parisian blue slate roof top. The romantic view from my window inspired me to shoot it at different times of day and in different light and weather conditions.

Here is the story of my window in a few snapshots:

 

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The Lost Generation

What do I do when I have a few hours off during a photo workshop? I still hang out with photographers! That’s exactly what I was doing yesterday morning after enjoying a café au lait with a friend at Place de La Contrescarpe on the first beautiful day of October. A few minutes later, serendipidy opened the door into Hemingway’s world. I walk by the famous writer’s apartment every day, often a few times a day. The door was open and, as photographers, we just can’t resist such an opportunity. We were invited into the building where Hemingway and Hadley lived when they first arrived in Paris in 1922. It is in this very building that the author discovered the style that characterizes him.

We grabbed a few hand held shots at high ISO, often as high as 6400. The pics didn’t really matter, it was all about the memorable experience of being there. I will never forget it!

Here are a few pics, I hope you enjoy them…

 

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Had I known I was going to be photographed on the steps where Hemingway walked everyday for a year, I would have dressed up ;)

Stolen moment

Sorry, not much time to post on the blog these days, my schedule has been a bit hectic lately to say the least. There isn’t a moment of rest but I’m doing what I love. The Normandy photo workshop was another success. I met some really wonderful people and made new lifelong friendships along the way. I am now teaching another workshop in Paris with a new small group before going back to my other home in the US. I usually don’t shoot as much as I would like to during a workshop I’m too busy teaching and helping students. But I grab a shot here and there and stole this timeless moment at a cafe during one of our breaks yesterday morning.

A stolen moment…

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While Waiting For My Ride At Paris CDG

I just arrived in France to teach two week-long photo workshops. As soon as I picked up my luggage at Paris CDG this morning, I noticed the silhouettes above at the departure level of Terminal 2. Lucky for me, my ride was a few minutes late so I grabbed a few fun pics.

Photographers are never bored! :)

 

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Beautiful Smiles of Strangers ~ DeSean

I was out shooting street photography in Minneapolis with one of my best photo buddies last night. It’s always a blast and we meet so many interesting people along the way. A back alley led us to the best encounter of the evening: DeSean Mills. He led us up a rusty escape ladder to a roof top terrace where we talked for a while before he disappeared through an open window. As he was leaving I called him back and got this shot of him.  Later we met him at his store. This young man is quite an entrepreneur in the world of fashion and just opened a retail space downtown Minneapolis OOTN Life Style. He also has a FB page. Check it out and send him some love!

 

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DeSean Mills ©Valérie Jardin

When Your Vision Becomes Reality

As photographers, we are constantly scanning around us for photo opportunities. I drove under this pedestrian bridge many times. A quick stop to get the shot is not an option as it crosses over the highway and the light rail. I knew I had to make a special trip to find the best access to position myself below it and away from oncoming traffic. It was a stormy evening last week and I had the urge to finally get the shot, or at least make a first attempt at it. I had also just received the new Fuji XT-1 and wanted to take it out for a spin…

A heavy downpour was threatening and bicyclists on the bridge were scarce. At least I had found the best way to access it for the next time, but I was determined to get at least one decent shot that night.

I was envisioning a very minimalist image. The bridge taking center stage and the human element as a silhouette very small in the frame. I also envisioned some motion blur for added effect. I was ready!

This first shot is exactly the image I had envisioned each time I drove by that bridge. The bridge is the main subject, but the image is only complete with the human figure which draws your eye immediately. I was satisfied but not thrilled. It was okay for a first attempt, I guess.

 

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I almost left after this shot because I wanted to stay dry and the sky was more and threatening. Then I decided to get a bit closer and try another frame if, by chance, another bicyclist would enter my stage…

AND there he was! The guy with the unusual bowler hat. Forget the previous shot, I knew I had a much stronger subject in this second one and a better composition as well.

 

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When you envision a shot at a certain location for quite a while, it is not unusual to postpone the satisfaction of getting that shot for weeks or months. Why, you may ask? Because now that location is ruined for me, I will never be as happy with another shot as I was with the silhouette of the bicyclist with the bowler hat. It’s very bittersweet and, if you are a photographer, you know exactly the feeling. But it’s part of the game. The hunt for another a great backdrop is on and it’s all part of the fun!

I hope you enjoyed this post. Please leave a comment below if you did!

A Walk Around The Kirkbride Insane Asylum

I visited the grounds of the impressive abandoned Kirkbride Insane Asylum in Fergus Falls, MN on Monday. The state hospital was built in 1885 outside a very small town. There was no access inside the building but I was able to get a few shots through glass or holes in windows. Eventhough it was a beautiful summer day, the place remains eerie to say the least… Here are a few snapshots I grabbed along the way.

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Shadow figures haunting the halls… ©Valérie Jardin

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Not a breeze, yet the swing was still moving… ©Valérie Jardin

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The mandatory eerie selfie reflection :) ©Valérie Jardin

The Streets in Motion

I put this little video for you to enjoy some motion in street photography.

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