As If Time Had Stopped

“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! :)

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Beautiful Smiles of Strangers ~ The Nice Englishman with the WWII Sidecar Motorcycle

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.

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Life’s a Beach ~ Part Deux

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…

 

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Fishing Boats, Nets And Seashells…

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I took the Sony a6000 for a photo walk, to give my Fuji x100s a little rest. Here are some common sights in seaport villages of Normandy… I hope you enjoy them. Please leave a comment :)

 

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Scallops and seaweed at low tide. ©Valérie Jardin

Scallops and seaweed at low tide. ©Valérie Jardin

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Life’s a Beach!

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?

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A Ball to Bring People Together Regardless of Gender or Race

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.

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Paris and Old Books

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?

 

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Au Revoir Paris!

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?

 

In my neighborhood... ©Valérie Jardin

In my neighborhood…
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Along the Seine at Ile Saint Louis ©Valérie Jardin

Along the Seine at Ile Saint Louis
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Tango on the left bank of the Seine ©Valérie Jardin

Tango on the left bank of the Seine
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Snapshots of Everyday Life in Paris ~ Part Four

Another day roaming the streets of Paris with my camera…

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Snapshots of Everyday Life in Paris ~ Part Three

In the Paris Metro…

In my opinion, you don’t experience Paris unless you take the metro. All shot with the Fuji x100s.

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