Chasing Light. Telling Stories. PARIS


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


2 thoughts on “Chasing Light. Telling Stories. PARIS

    • Putting the camera down?? Not in a million years! I am a photographer and I take my job very seriously. Documenting everyday life is so important. As long as you do it respectfully there is absolutely nothing illegal about it. However you cannot make ridicule of people or photograph anyone in vulnerable situations. Which is common sense. I any other situation, the subject would have to prove in a court of law that the photograph caused them damage. My photographs only reflect the beauty of everyday life. And my teachings always stress the utmost importance of respect of the subject in documentary photography. Thank you for your comment, I hope you enjoy the book Khürt.

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