The Art of Seeing Photographically

Bonjour!

I’ve been busy writing! While you are all waiting for Street Photography: Creative Vision Behind the Lens to come out this Fall, I just released a new eBook today titled The Art of Seeing Photographically

It’s a 101 page book to help you take control of your gear and create more impactful imagery.

Whether you photograph landscapes, still-life, people, or anything in between, the goal of this book is to help you put more intent in your photography. Each section is filled with examples drawn from my own collection as well as assignments to give you a little push to go out with your camera and practice a new technique or learn to see in a new way.

It never hurts to go back to basics, no matter how long you’ve been a photographer or what the degree of expertise you think you have.

I hope you enjoy it! Click on the pic below for details and to download.

The Art of Seeing Photographically

See all my books via this link.

Thank you for your continued support!

Valérie

 

La Plage

I just spent a few days of vacation at my family home in Normandy, France. I’m not a beachgoers. I cannot sit still but I certainly enjoy walking, collecting sea glass and, of course, taking pictures. I also stay away from the busy beaches and prefer the lesser known one, where the locals go.

There is humor at the beach, people let their guards down. It’s a joy for the storyteller.

Here are a few pics collected during my summer beach walk in Normandy. All shot with the Fujifilm X100F with the timeless look of Classic Chrome.

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From Minneapolis to Chicago

It’s been a while since I’ve posted on the blog. Crazy few weeks…

We celebrated two graduations: Lucas from University, Nathan from High School.

I also wrote a new ebook The Art of Seeing Photographically which will be released in the next few days. I wrote a new article for Fujilove Magazine and I was featured in the German Soul of Street magazine, including the cover pic! I’ve also been busy proofing the typeset pages of my next book Street Photography: The Vision Behind The Lens to be released by Focal Press in New York in two months

I also taught a street photography workshop in Minneapolis and just returned from being a speaker at the Out of Chicago photo conference.  I also recorded quite a few exciting episodes for my weekly podcast Hit The Streets with Valerie Jardin.

Here are a few of the pics I’ve collected along the way…

Minneapolis…

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Chicago…

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New York Is Always A Good Idea

New York City is seeing a lot more of me these days. I’ve been walking its streets more and more frequently. My photographer’s eye can’t get enough of it but my heart and soul still belong to Paris…

Here are a few pics from my trip earlier this month:

From Grand Central…

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Reading upside down in the subway…

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To a windy day on Broadway…

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Light and Shadow in the Oculus at the World Trade Center…

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All photographs shot with the Fujifilm X100F

From Paris to Amsterdam

April has been a busy month so far! After teaching two consecutive workshops in Paris early in the month (a week-long workshop followed by a weekend), I had just enough time to fly back to the States to be home for a short week before it was time to fly across the atlantic again to teach in Amsterdam. I’m back in the States now and ready to fly to New York City next week. That’s a lot of air miles, but more importantly, a lot of miles walking with my Fuji teaching what I love to do…

Many memories later and some goods laughs shared with new friends, here are a few of my favorite pics from Paris and Amsterdam.

From Paris…

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To Amsterdam…

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The Colors of Quintana Roo

I resist more and more the term ‘street photographer’. I am a photographer. I do not limit my lens to people, never have and never will. I see life photographically and that makes me happy.

I just returned from a trip to Quintana Roo, on the Yucatàn Peninsula of Mexico. It wasn’t a photography trip (more on that in this post), but I always had my camera with me. When it’s winter and you live in a snowy state, any splash of color is a welcome sight. Here are some of the colors that grabbed my eye on the streets of Tulum and on Isla Mujeres last week.

More pics coming soon!

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New York Again…

I am spending almost as much time in New York as I am in Paris these days. Both cities are always a good idea and I could never get enough of them.

I was in the Big Apple again in February to speak at the first ever Fujilove LIVE conference. The event was a big success and a lot of fun. I had very little time to roam the streets with my camera but I took every opportunity that presented itself. 

Here are a few snapshots of my wanderings, a glance into the extraordinary life of ordinary people. 

Some Black & White…

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And some Classic Chrome…

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All we need is love…

...Love is all we need.

A short video of a collection of photographs depicting love on the streets.

 

Thank you for visiting, please don’t forget to leave a comment. And, in case you missed it, visit also my new blog Random Thoughts

 

 

Random Thoughts ~ A New Blog

Bonjour!

As you may remember, I started a Q&A blog a few years ago. Because I answer your questions on my podcast, I decided to revamp the blog and turn it into a blog of random thoughts. I just published the first post. If you enjoy my writing, you can read it here: Random Thoughts 001: Refocussing Feel free to subscribe if you enjoy it. 

Of course I will continue to share photographs here, so don’t go anywhere!

Thanks again for your continued support.

Valérie Jardin

The Everyday Life of Ordinary People

Street photography is more than beautiful light and shadows. It’s a glimpse into the life of ordinary people. An expression or a gesture that tells the story of everyday life.

Yes, as you know, I love photographing a beautiful silhouette or a person walking through a shaft of light in the perfect step, but those images are much less challenging or rewarding than capturing a really special expression or gesture. Both are still a depiction of everyday life, the first is more giving, while it is much more difficult to see and appreciate the second. The rate of success in capturing the uniqueness of everyday life in a compelling photograph is also much lower.

The slice of life forever frozen in time, in all its simplicity, is what street photography means to me in its purest form. I am the happiest when I capture a moment of the human condition, whether it is love, sadness, the struggles of aging or anything in between. The challenge is to learn to recognize the moment that will make the strongest possible photograph. It can be as subtle as the position of a hand on a railing, the loneliness in a woman’s eyes or men adjusting they reading glasses.

I hope this makes sense. Here is a selection of photographs to help illustrate the point I am trying to convey, because a photograph is worth a thousand words.

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All shot with either the Fujifilm X100S, T or F at 23mm  🙂

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