The Artist & The Space ~ Tim

I met Tim Shore at an art fair recently. He is the founder of Shore Boards here in Minnesota. This is the land of 10 000 lakes, so it’s no surprise to find so much passion for water around here. What is amazing is how Tim turned a garage project of building a paddleboard just a few years ago into a thriving business today. Today Shore Boards ships custom SUPs, longboards and wakesurf boards all over the world.

Fueled by passion, ingenuity and lots of hard work, Tim is also a super nice guy. And yes, it’s pretty cool that his name is Shore 😉 I also met Noah, his design artist yesterday. Both were busy at work and I asked them to pretend I wasn’t even there. Because of the dust in the air, I only spent a few minutes in the facility. But I managed to get a few shots of the artists and the space… enjoy!

©Valérie Jardin - TIM-3

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ABOUT THE PROJECT: For consistency, I shoot this project at 35mm (my fastest prime lens) with the Fujifilm X-Pro2 in Jpeg Acros film simulation and in horizontal format. I also always use ambient light and do minimal post processing, if any. The point of the exercise is to spend time playing with my camera, not with Lightroom. I strongly believe in the power of limitations and in making the photograph in camera.

As the title indicates, this series is about artists and their space, not so much about the art itself. As you know, I love photographing people, but I also love those little details that say so much about who a person is. Nothing is staged or posed, I simply record the artist at work.

Thank you for visiting! You can see the full project on my website: Part I and Part II

Barcelona in the Spring Time

!Holà!

I am still catching up with blog posts… Today I want to share some of my pics from Barcelona in April. Love the city, its people, the light and shadows… And the dogs!!!! Okay, I got a little carried away with the dogs of Barcelona but you’ll understand why in a few months 😉

Enjoy and thank you for visiting!

 

©Valérie Jardin - Barcelona-3

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©Valérie Jardin - Barcelona-2

©Valérie Jardin - Barcelona-6

©Valérie Jardin - Barcelona-9

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©Valérie Jardin - Barcelona-11

©Valérie Jardin - Barcelona-4

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©Valérie Jardin - Barcelona-2

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©Valérie Jardin - Flamenco-4

My Birthday with 44 Dogs

Yesterday was my birthday and I took the day off. As a bonus it was the most beautiful spring day ever! I also had a special plan for my morning walk…

Several years ago I met Curtis Johnson in Minneapolis, he was walking 10 dogs and we chatted for a while. That was 2011. Last week, 8 years later, I emailed Curtis and asked if I could come on a walk with his crew and my camera. He kindly offered to meet on May 13th for the full experience. and WOW… What an unforgettable experience it was! As you know, I am a huge dog lover and I dearly miss my JRT Smartie who passed away last August. Since then I’ve managed to get my dog fix while I’m out and about every day. It’s not the same as having my own furry baby but it helps for now.

I arrived at 10 am when all the dogs arrived after being picked up in several vans to start their walk around a nearby lake. There was quite a lot of excitement among the canine community but everything was so orderly, it was unbelievable! Dogs were patiently waiting for everyone to get organized. Except for the occasional “Martini, sit!”, they all knew the drill and soon every dog was grouped according to personality and compatibility. Curtis and 4 other staff members of Citizen Kanine set off for the lake…

The crew is well known and warmly greeted by the locals. The occasional first time visitors stop in their tracks in surprise and children are mesmerized by the caravan of dogs in all shapes and sizes. There were a few rest stops in the shade where water was available, a dozen large folding water bowls were quickly filled and passed around while everyone was patiently waiting and resting, eager to continue the walk.

I must admit that I was a bit of a distraction. Dogs always know immediately that I will let them lick me to death, which gave Curtis and his staff a little more work to keep all the dogs disciplined. But it was my birthday and I think they forgave me 😉

THANK YOU CURTIS AND CREW FOR A MEMORABLE BIRTHDAY WALK !!!!!

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Ready to go!

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Shit happens…. 

 

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But everyone is very understanding 😉

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“Okay, I’m refreshed. Curtis, can we go?”

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“I may be small, but I’m strong!”

 

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Here goes the gang!

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“We love little kids and they love us but we are not allowed to play.”

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Curtis and 10 buddies

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At the ‘Dog Crossing’!

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Time to regroup  everyone…

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“We have a guest taking pictures so I don’t want to sit today!”

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“Okay Curtis, if you insist…”

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Ready to go again…

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“We do what Curtis tells us to do, but please don’t tell our parents that we can be so well behaved.”

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Last water break of the walk!

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“I may just nap the rest of the day.”

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“We are best buddies and we laugh a lot together.”

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“Time to go home? Seriously? I like to hang out with my friends!”

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“Valerie, did I drool on you yet?”

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“Those ants are so fascinating to watch!!!”

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“Hey, if you don’t move, we can’t move…”

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“We pretend not to know each other because we have to look cool…”

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“Time to cool off the vans and bring us home!”

A Taste of New York

I told you it’s been a busy spring… Between two trips to Paris, I taught a workshop in New York City.

New York captured my heart several years ago. I can roam its streets forever and I can’t wait for my next visit. Here are a few pics of my short visit in March.

Which do you like best? Can you tell I LOVE dogs and I need my dog fix everywhere I go? 😉

 

©Valérie Jardin - NYC March 2019-1

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©Valérie Jardin - NYC March 2019-6

Thank you for visiting and don’t forget to order your copy of Chasing Light. Telling Stories. PARIS. The first volume of a new series of fine art photography books!

A Taste of Paris…

Per my earlier post, It’s time to share some pics with you of the travels I did over the past 4 months. Here is a taste of Paris from January and March this year… I can’t wait to share new adventures with students in July and October again this year!

Which is your favorite?

©Valérie Jardin - Paris Jan 2019-10

©Valérie Jardin - Paris Jan 2019-1

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©Valérie Jardin - Paris March 2019-8

Thank you for visiting and don’t forget to order your copy of Chasing Light. Telling Stories. PARIS. The first volume of a new series of fine art photography books!

Chasing Light. Telling Stories. PARIS

Bonjour!

Sorry for the short hiatus on this blog. It’s been a crazy few months with international photo workshops and a new book! But I have a lot of photographs to share with you so watch your inbox as I will be posting a little of Paris, a little of New York and a little of Barcelona in the coming days.

Today I want to introduce you my 7th book but also my 1st ‘fine art’ book Chasing Light. Telling Stories. PARIS now available for purchase worldwide via my website. I am very proud of this book and it is the first of a series in the same format and high quality printing. GET YOUR COPY HERE before it sells out!

Chasing Light Paris cover

 

Please take a moment to read one of the first reviews since the book launched a few days ago:

Welcome Home

In “Chasing Light. Telling Stories. Paris” Street Photographer Valerie Jardin takes us by the hand to places in her heart and ours. 

I shoot pictures, therefore it’s a given that I collect books of photographs. Maybe you do too. I won’t go into who is on my bookshelf here, but invite me for coffee and I’ll talk for hours. I love the pictures, and I truly love photographers as people, professional or not. As a songwriter, my tools are different, but my aim is the same; capture a moment. 

Valerie Jardin, known around the world as a brilliant “Street” Photographer, teacher, podcaster, endorser, influencer, sometimes heart-on-her-sleeve-wearer, who dances across countries and continents practically non-stop with her students in tow, has landed just long enough to produce a first-in-a-series photographic art book of her own work. It will not look out of place on your shelf alongside anyone who is already there. Honestly, it’s a wonder she has the time to shoot for herself, but thank goodness! Her rich inner curiosity, an eye that never seems to tire, her clear-cut storytelling and no doubt sensible shoes and clothing choices, combine to make us the viewer richer for the result. 

The book has heft, like a great camera. The design purposely does not intrude, and the B&W pictures, some spread over two pages, are a pure delight. A bouquet of emotions spilling onto page after page, as if she had invited you to spend the day “purposefully getting lost” as she says, in a city that is gracious, charming, and above all, gloriously different, from one doorway, one cafe, one street to the next. 

Have you been to Paris? Fantastic! You are about to go back. You’ll know some of the places, but you’ll see them with added detail and introspection, and frankly, in ways you or I haven’t thought of yet. Never been to Paris? Well, that’s a pity, but if you look at Valerie’s book as much as I have in the short time it has been available (It’s selling like mad) once you put your feet on those streets for real, possibly with camera in hand, there is zero chance of having culture shock. Everything you’ll need to know will be familiar to you. Paris is your home and welcomes you, with Valerie Jardin as your guide, all exquisitely French. Don’t worry about the language barrier, her photo interpretation is enough to get you around. You simply don’t need any words.

Charlie Maguire

GET YOUR COPY OF THE BOOK HERE

The Artist & The Space ~ Kelly

Last week my camera allowed me a glimpse into the world of weaving, Scandinavian rep weaving to be exact. I met with Kelly Marshall, founder of Custom Woven Interiors, Ltd. at the Northrup King Building in Minneapolis on another cold and snowy day… While Kelly mostly works on new designs and in her office today, one of her weavers, Trisha, was at the loom during my visit. I was in awe at the speed, dexterity and coordination required to work the loom. I never realized that the weaver’s feet played such an important part, reminiscent of the performance of an organ player… Here are some photographs I captured of the artists and the space during my short visit a few days ago.

I hope you enjoy them!

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©Valerie Jardin - Kelly-13

ABOUT THE PROJECT: For consistency, I shoot this project at 35mm (my fastest prime lens) with the Fujifilm X-Pro2 in Jpeg Acros film simulation and in horizontal format. I also always use ambient light and do minimal post processing, if any. The point of the exercise is to spend time playing with my camera, not with Lightroom. I strongly believe in the power of limitations and in making the photograph in camera.

As the title indicates, this series is about artists and their space, not so much about the art itself. As you know, I love photographing people, but I also love those little details that say so much about who a person is. Nothing is staged or posed, I simply record the artist at work.

Thank you for visiting! You can see the full project on my website: Part I and Part II

The Artist & The Space ~ Kristi

This week I had the pleasure to enter the world of floral design. I visited award winning Munster Rose studio in Minneapolis and met Kristi, the owner and creative director. They are specialized in wedding floral design but today Kristi was working with a young student (she also teaches workshops in floral composition). Being a teacher myself, it was really fun for me to watch them interact.  Her student was definitely a natural and a fast learner. This visit and the smell of flowers made me long for Spring even more as we are entering another snowy weekend here in Minnesota.

I hope you enjoy this week’s artist! Please leave a message in the comment section below.

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©Valerie Jardin - Artist & Space - Kristi-23

ABOUT THE PROJECT: For consistency, I shoot this project at 35mm (my fastest prime lens) with the Fujifilm X-Pro2 in Jpeg Acros film simulation and in horizontal format. I also always use ambient light and do minimal post processing, if any. The point of the exercise is to spend time playing with my camera, not with Lightroom. I strongly believe in the power of limitations and in making the photograph in camera.

As the title indicates, this series is about artists and their space, not so much about the art itself. As you know, I love photographing people, but I also love those little details that say so much about who a person is. Nothing is staged or posed, I simply record the artist at work.

Thank you for visiting! You can see the full project on my website: Part I and Part II

The Artist and The Space ~ Rachel

I met Minneapolis photographer Rachel Simmons last fall, I even interviewed her for my podcast. She is not your ordinary family photographer, she uses her amazing studio space to create an imaginary world for children’s birthday parties. I met with her yesterday morning as she was setting up for a Winter Wonderland themed party. I can tell you that it is a lot of work! But what an amazing thing to combine her love for children, photography and the imaginary into whimsical birthday parties to the delight of children of all ages…

Visit Rachel’s website and listen to my recent interview with her.

I hope you are enjoying this series, please share a few words in the comments below. Thank you for visiting!

©Valerie Jardin - Rachel-12

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©Valerie Jardin - Rachel-19

©Valerie Jardin - Rachel-20

©Valerie Jardin - Rachel-27

ABOUT THE PROJECT: For consistency, I shoot this project at 35mm (my fastest prime lens) with the Fujifilm X-Pro2 in Jpeg Acros film simulation and in horizontal format. I also always use ambient light and do minimal post processing, if any. The point of the exercise is to spend time playing with my camera, not with Lightroom. I strongly believe in the power of limitations and in making the photograph in camera.

As the title indicates, this series is about artists and their space, not so much about the art itself. As you know, I love photographing people, but I also love those little details that say so much about who a person is. Nothing is staged or posed, I simply record the artist at work.

Thank you for visiting! You can see the full project on my website: Part I and Part II

The Artist and The Space ~ Andrew

This week I had the privilege to spend time with Andrew Dipper, a renowned maker and restorer of fine violins and cellos from London. Andrew is also a historian and a writer. He now works in Minneapolis as vice president at the prestigious Claire givens Violins, Inc.

While I photographed Andrew at work, I really enjoyed our conversation about some of the rarest instruments he’s worked on as well as some famous violinmakers whose portraits he collects in his studio. The precision of the artistry required to work on such instruments is incredible. Andrew shared with me that a luthier often works for several years on guitar restoration before graduating to violins and cellos which are much more complex instruments. Once again, I left this experience with utmost respect for the passion and craftsmanship of an art I knew so little about.

This project is feeding my artist soul and my curiosity at the same time.

I hope you are enjoying this series, please share a few words in the comments below. Thank you for visiting!

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ABOUT THE PROJECT: For consistency, I shoot this project at 35mm (my fastest prime lens) with the Fujifilm X-Pro2 in Jpeg Acros film simulation and in horizontal format. I also always use ambient light and do minimal post processing, if any. The point of the exercise is to spend time playing with my camera, not with Lightroom. I strongly believe in the power of limitations and in making the photograph in camera.

As the title indicates, this series is about artists and their space, not so much about the art itself. As you know, I love photographing people, but I also love those little details that say so much about who a person is. Nothing is staged or posed, I simply record the artist at work.

Thank you for visiting! You can see the full project gallery on my website.