Visual Narratives: Fernand

I’m in Normandy to visit family. I’m also enjoying daily long walks on the beach to escape the frightening reality of the current world events. I walked 14 km this afternoon to clear my head, it was low tide when I crossed path with a shrimp fisherman on the beach. I asked if I could take a few pictures, we talked for a moment. He was also trying to escape reality for a few hours. His name is Fernand, I followed him to the water’s edge and snapped a few pics. My therapy is a camera. His is a fishing net. What’s yours?

Shot with the Fujifilm X100V at 23mm.

The 2022 Dog Show

My first dog show experience was two years ago in St Paul. The same show (Land’O Lakes Dog Show) was back this past weekend and I spent an hour there early on Sunday morning. I love dogs, and I’ve photographed dogs all over the world (even published a book about them). However, I’m still very conflicted about the dog show idea…

Like everything else in photography, the main event itself doesn’t interest me much, but the behind the scenes is where the stories are. See photographs from both events on this gallery.

Photographed with the Fujifilm X100V at 23mm

2021 in 3 minutes and 40 seconds

WISHING YOU A CREATIVE NEW YEAR!

I hope you enjoy my selection of 72 photographs in 3 minutes and 40 seconds from Minneapolis, San Francisco, Normandy and Paris.

Thank for your continued support of my work. I will try to post more often in 2022.

xx Valérie

The Off-Season with a Creative Focus Lens

I just spent a week in Normandy and played with the Lensbaby Sol 45 creative focus lens on a Fujifilm X-T30 (Yes, I brought my everyday X100V along as well). I find the coast to be ideal for this type of lens that forces you to slow down, let go of sharpness and ‘feel’ more. I often refer to this type of photography as ‘seeing with your heart’. The use of a creative focus lens such as the Sol 45 is a sure way to increase the challenge… and the fun. Everything is manual, the photographer tilts the lens to choose the focus point, then decides on the degree of blur.

So, what do you think? Are you ready to let go of the notion of perfection and unleash your creativity?

Note: I have no commercial ties with Lensbaby. I just like their stuff 🙂

(You can click on the first photograph to see them individually.)

Visual Narratives: Carol

I visited my good friend Carol at her studio this weekend. She just finished designing and making a ‘walking dress’ from 1817, complete with undergarments, jacket, and all. The project took several months and it was fascinating to learn about all the steps involved, from the extensive research to the finished product. I’m in awe of her talent and patience! Carol also teaches a class on the history of garments at a local university.

Shot with the Fujifilm X100V at 23mm in Acros. The on-going series can be viewed in this gallery.

I would love to hear from you!

I missed Paris SO much!

It’s been so amazing to teach on the streets again after a year and half of forced hiatus. Looking back now, it almost feels like no time has passed and teaching face to face has never felt so good!

After a week-long workshop in my native Normandy in September, I flew back to the States for a few weeks, taught a workshop in Minneapolis and hopped on a plane again for the October Paris workshop. It was such an amazing time! It was SO good to share photographic moments, great conversations and so many good laughs with like-minded people for a week. With little time to unpack upon my return to the States, I was off to teach in San Francisco to end the 2021 workshop season. I am SO thankful for the amazing photographers who travelled the world to attend these workshops. I am looking forward to hitting the streets as early as January 2022 with the next adventure!

Here are some of my favorite photographs from Paris in October. You probably already saw many of them on Instagram. All shot with the Fujifilm X100V.

If you want to join a workshop in 2022, don’t wait too long, some are already sold out.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Valérie

Visual Narratives: Nolwen & Benjamin

I met Nolwen, Benjamin, Tristan and their dog Woody just before sunset last night. The light was pure magic on the beach. Nolwen and Benjamin were skim boarding. Not many people can do it right but those guys were quite good, and so sweet, with big smiles. We hung out for a while, talked and I grabbed a few frames. I’ll see them on the beach again soon so you’ll probably see more pics of them on Instagram!

Visual Narratives: Ghislaine

I landed in Paris yesterday morning and drove to Normandy immediately in preparation for my upcoming photography workshop. September is such a glorious month on the coast, and it’s warmer now than it was during my July vacation! Once I arrived in Cabourg, I quickly forgot jet-lag and walked for miles on the beach with my camera. It was low tide and I met Ghislaine who was clam fishing. We started a conversation and I asked her is I could include her in my new Visual Narratives project. She agreed and I took a few pictures while we were talking. I love making new friends!

Visual Narratives: Stephani & Bingo

What better way to start the weekend than to meet my dear friend Stephani at the farm and photograph her tacking up her sweet poney Bingo. Photographically speaking, the barn offered every thing I love for a challenging exercise: Deep shadows and bright highlights. With plenty of opportunities to shoot into the light, my favorite way to see the world! I had fun catching up with my dear friend and Bingo loved the attention as you can tell by his smile at the bottom of the post.

Series shot with the Fujifilm X100V at 23mm in Acros.

The full series now has a gallery. I would love to hear from you!

Visual Narratives: Benjamin

This is a new series of interesting people doing interesting things. And who better to kick off this new series than my new friend, performer extraordinaire, and all around FUN guy: Benjamin Domask! Check out his website.

Series shot with the Fujifilm X100V at 23mm in Acros.