The Artist and The Space ~ Charlie and Pop

After a crazy busy month of traveling followed by end-of-year festivities, I finally had the time to visit another artist and continue this series. I made plan to visit my friend Charlie Maguire at his studio in the California building in Minneapolis and, as a bonus, he offered to schedule my visit around his rehearsal with renowned folksinger Pop Wagner. It was such a treat!!!

It was cloudy on Monday morning but Charlie’s space is located in a one hundred year old grain mill building transformed into artists’ studios and offers two directional light sources from really large windows. It was moody to perfection!

Before Pop arrived, I photographed around the studio while chatting with Charlie. He is a very interesting man: A WWII history buff, an avid photographer and, of course, a life long musician!

The two friends were meeting to rehearse for an upcoming show ‘Bound for Glory’ on February 2.  I urge you to attend if you live in the Twin-Cities area, click here for more info.

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

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For consistency, I shoot this project at 35mm (my fastest prime lens) with the Fujifilm X-Pro2 (for a change) in Jpeg Acros film simulation and in horizontal format. I also always use ambient light and do minimal post processing, if any (applying my 5 sec. rule per frame or less). The point of the exercise is to spend time playing with my camera, not with Lightroom.

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.

6 Days in Havana

Well… It was more like 4 days in Havana and 2 days of travel but I LOVED every minute of Havana and I can’t wait to experience it again.

I left the week before Christmas, this trip was a present to myself, some much needed ‘me’ time with my camera. No teaching, no schedule, no internet… Pure photography fun. I joined my good friend David Julian at the end of his Cuba tour. This made everything so much easier for me as David knows Havana well and had booked my room in a Casa for my short visit. I spent the first couple of days hanging out with him and a small group of students, enjoyed some really cool cultural visits and learned a lot about the people and the culture. Then the following 2 days were just spent ‘getting lost on purpose’, meeting locals, hanging out inside old car repair or woodworking shops, meeting some rising stars in a boxing rink, walking into barber shops, etc. No plans, just chasing the light and letting serendipity do its thing. I can tell you one thing: I CANNOT WAIT to experience Cuba again!

I shot more B&W than color in Havana. Both have their place for different reasons but the choice is never random. I shot jpegs with the Fujifilm X100F in Classic Chrome and Acros.

I forgot to include some of my favorite shots in this video but I wanted to get it out there before I get on a plane again. I’m still working on the Havana Gallery on my website if you prefer to see stills without music 😉

But for now, please click the play button and DANCE!

Thank you for visiting. Please share a few words in the comment section. Cheers!

Streets of the World 2018

Bonne Année, Happy New Year!

Here are just a few of the hundreds of moments I captured on the streets in 2018. From Paris to New York, from Rome to Zurich, from San Francisco to Havana, and beyond…

There is nothing I love doing more than seeing and recording the beauty of everyday life. I hope you join me on a photo adventure in 2019!

Thank you for visiting my blog in 2018, I look forward to sharing my 2019 with you!

The Artist and The Space ~ Emily

The 5th artist of this series is Emily Johnson, a jewelry artist who works from her studio in the Northrup King Building, in the heart of the Minneapolis art district. I love her designs, especially the raw hammered metal work she so skillfully creates. She has been a full time artist for 10 years and I do know the amount of work and determination that takes!

I spent an hour in her studio while she was working during one of the busiest time of the year. I invite you to see the photos of the artist and the space here and visit her website to see Emily’s beautiful work.

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

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You can also visit The Artist & The Space gallery on my website.

The Artist and The Space ~ Harriet

Harriet Bart is a world renowned conceptual artist. I had the privilege to visit her studio in Minneapolis a few days ago. Although this series is about the artist and the space, it’s impossible to dissociate Harriet’s work from the space because her studio is art! I was particularly drawn to her use of paper, books and words in her work. Listening to Harriet talk about her inspiration and the story behind each piece was fascinating. I stayed much longer than I had anticipated, I enjoyed our conversation so much, that I completely lost track of time. Please visit Harriet Bart’s website to learn more about her work and where to see it.

Here are some of the photographs from my visit. Do you have a favorite?

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Thank you for visiting! You can also visit The Artist & The Space gallery on my website.

The Artist and The Space ~ Philip

Philip is a stained glass designer. His space, unlike the two first featured artists, is much more industrial due to the medium he works with. Phil’s studio is on the top floor and every inch of the space is used. He was working on a piece for a client when I visited him, folk rock music was playing, the door was open, I just walked in. I immediately noticed a large mirror leaning again the wall behind him and saw some creative opportunities of silhouette reflections. As we talked, I found out that he was an expat from England, although there was very little trace of an accent. This created an instant common bond and we shared a few expat stories and sarcastic comments on the current US president 😉

The shoot was more challenging than the previous ones, the space was obviously not quite as romantic as a painter’s atelier, but Phil’s passion for his craft was just as palpable. I had a great visit and captured the following frames…

Visit Phil’s website here

I would love to read your thoughts!

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Thank you for visiting! If you missed the other stories in this series, simply click here for Carl and here for Patricia

You can also visit The Artist & The Space gallery on my website.

The Artist and The Space ~ Patricia

This week’s featured artist is another painter, her name is Patricia Canney. I met Patricia the same day I met Carl. Their studios are in the same building in Minneapolis. There is something very special and intimate about a painter’s studio. I really enjoyed my time photographing at Patricia’s on Saturday, she is such a delightful and warm person. I can’t wait to visit her again.

The series being more about the artist and their space than their art itself, please visit Patricia’s website to see her amazing work, her use of colors is simply stunning!

Visit the full project gallery on my website. I’d love to read your thoughts in the comment section. Thanks!

 

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Thank you for visiting! If you missed the first story in this series, simply click here

The Artist and The Space ~ Carl

I’m so excited to share this new photography project with you!! I started it today, on the first real snowy day of the season in Minnesota. Coincidence? Maybe so, but I think it came at the right time… Every winter seems to be getting a little longer up here. It may very well feel that way because I now have the opportunity to escape the cold on a regular basis for my work. After each trip to teach a workshop during the winter months, it feels as if winter should have subsided up here. But it remains, month after month, from November to April. This year I was determined to start a new project before the first snow flake flies, but I didn’t expect it so soon!!

I came back from teaching in France exactly a week ago. The very next day I met Carl at his studio in NE Minneapolis during an open studio event. He was listening to Shostakovich, his little dog Bella was wearing a Wonder Woman outfit and we talked about seagulls. I knew we would become fast friends!  After exchanging a couple of emails, I asked Carl if he would participate in my new photography project ‘The Artist & The Space’. We agreed on a day and time to meet at his studio again the following week. Et voilà! He is the first subject of my new series.

For consistency, I will shoot this project at 35mm (my fastest prime lens) with the Fujifilm X-Pro2 (for a change) in Jpeg Acros film simulation and in horizontal format. I will also always use ambient light and do minimal post processing, if any (applying my 5 sec. rule per frame or less). The point of the exercise is to spend time playing with my camera, not with Lightroom.

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. Working with Carl this morning made my day as we enjoyed a nice conversation while he was painting and I was shooting. And sweet little Bella gave me my much needed dog fix. I will certainly visit them again soon!

Please visit Carl Oltvedt’s beautiful work on his website and follow him on Instagram!

Visit the full project gallery on my website.  What do you think about this new project? I’d love to read your thoughts!

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Thank you for visiting, please leave a comment! Thank you for your continued support.

Valérie

Normandy in my Heart

I just returned from teaching my newly redesigned luxury Normandy workshop and I can’t wait to offer it again in May and September next year. What a great time it was with a small group of photographers who spent the week fine-tuning their visual storytelling skills from small beach towns, street markets, castles and abbeys to WWII sites and so much more!

Being born and raised in Normandy, it’s always a pleasure to give my students an intimate tour of the region that I love so much and share many family stories and childhood memories.

While I spend most of my time guiding them photographically, I also shoot alongside them all week. We shared many amazing photographic moments, great conversations, good laughs and fantastic meals. The workshop being so late in the season this year, we were gifted with every weather Normandy has to offer from calm seas to storms, from beautiful golden light to dramatic skies. It’s as is the weather gods had planned the week with a camera in hand 😉

Some days called for color, others for B&W. Here are a few of the pics I gathered along the way…

Have you ever visited Normandy?

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Cameras used: Fujifilm X100F and X-Pro2 in Classic Chrome and Acros.

“I still can’t believe I was fortunate enough to spend a week with Valerie in Normandy. It was my first multiple day workshop, so I really had no expectations.I think my bar for the “next one” is set really high. The workshop was extremely well planned, with nothing for me to do except photograph.  Knowing that Valerie was from the region was one of my biggest reasons for going on this workshop….and I was not disappointed.I truly left with a sense (and pictures) of the region, the landscape, the architecture and the people!  Not only do I think I am a much better photographer I also now have a way of approaching the locations I will go to in the future. Valerie was always available, positive, encouraging and had boundless energy so that our days were FILLED with opportunities for photography. I would highly recommend attending a workshop with Valerie.” Cindy Nelson, USA  Normandy Oct 2018

 

J’aime Aussi Paris en Couleur

Bonjour!

I hope you enjoyed my recent J’aime Paris en Noir et Blanc post. Of course, Paris is also about color, a more playful Paris with  different situations, different moods… Here are a few frames from September.

All photographs shot with the Fujifilm X100F in Classic Chrome.

Which post did you enjoy the most?

Thank you for stopping by 🙂

Valérie

 

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