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.

It’s been too long… Part II

In case you missed the earlier post, you can see it here. It explained why the blog has been silent for so many months and also features a selection of B&W photos taken this year.

I promised a quick post with a random selection of my color photographs this year so far, so here it is.

If you enjoy color beach pictures, you may enjoy my Beach Goers Series.

(Click on the first picture to see them larger)

Now I will try to post more regularly again.

Cheers!

Valérie xx

It’s been too long… Part I

Dear friends,

Sorry for the long silence. I know that many of you only follow my work via this blog and I’ve neglected it all year so far. I’ve only been posting on Instagram. But I really miss writing blog posts! My excuse is that I had to do a lot more online work than usual during Covid. The thought of spending more time than necessary in front of a computer was not appealing.

So what have I been up to during the long and ongoing pandemic? I wrote a few books, gave a lot of online speaking engagements and continued to take my camera on daily adventures. I spent most of the winter months on frozen lakes for my On Ice series, it was a super fun. I also did a lot of more contemplative photography with Object Du Jour. I also continued shooting for my Car People series and accompanied my friend Charlie on some crazy Xtreme Typing adventures. I was able to travel back home to Normandy, France a few times and even made a quick stop in Paris last week for the first time since March 2020. It felt so normal again!!

Best of all, I finally started teaching face to face workshops again in June! I can’t even tell you how much I missed the workshops! Teaching on the streets was like a breath of fresh air. Now I am excited to teach a busy sold-out Fall season and new exciting adventures in 2022.

Today I want to share some recent pics with you, but where do I start?? So I randomly selected a few B&W moments of the past few months: The frozen lakes of Minnesota, the streets of Minneapolis, the big car show, the beach in Normandy and even a frame or two from Paris.

I’ll do a second post for the color moments, because there were more color moments this year than ever before… You’ll see!

I hope you enjoyed this 2021 B&W sampler, all shot with the X100V at 23mm.

I’ll be back soon!

Valérie xx

Moments of 2020

It’s that time of year again… I put some of my favorite photos of 2020 in a short video.

Minneapolis, Paris, London, Lisbon and Normandy (a few times)… It was not an ordinary year but I had the luxury to make a few international trips before the pandemic paralyzed us. I made a couple more in the midst of it and I am now looking forward to better times ahead and starting teaching on the streets of the world in a few months again! In the meantime I am working on two winter projects: ON ICE and OBJET DU JOUR, both posted regularly on Instagram and soon to be featured in new galleries on my website.

Wishing you all a creative 2021!

Valérie

August 2020 in Normandy ~ Part II

I shot quite a bit of color during my vacation last month as well. You know that I don’t make that decision lightly and I strongly believe in being intentional and knowing if a frame needs to be in color or B&W before you press the shutter. After all, isn’t it part of the photographer’s creative process and vision?

Here are a few of my beach color photos… If you missed Part I with my B&W selection, please click here.

All photographs shot with the Fujifilm X100V in classic chrome. 2021 workshops announced, including Normandy! See the list here.

August 2020 in Normandy ~ Part 1

I spent a couple of weeks back home in Normandy, France last month. More on the journey itself on my other blog. You know me as a city photographer, but I didn’t even go into the city, I found so much peace and joy walking on the beach with my camera every day. Near water is the one place where people seem to be able to forget the pandemic and be themselves. Even for a moment…

Here are some of my B&W pics. Colors to follow in Part 2…

Where do you find ‘your normal’ these days?

Pics shots with Fujifilm X100V in Acros yellow filter

Shop Local: The Leather Shop

I had a really good time chatting with Kent and stepson Nathan at Leather Works Minnesota a few days ago. The shop is located in a beautiful old brick building in St Paul lower town.  It was fun to have some large windows to play with back lit situations. Their work is AMAZING! Check out their website if you are looking for that special wallet, bag, etc. I have my eye on a really cool grey Gina bag…

About the Shop Local project:  30 minutes, no disruption of the subject at work or the space, one focal length, B&W Acros, no lights, minimal processing and cropping. Shot with the fujifilm X100V.

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Shop Local: The Upholstery Shop

This week I visited Grahn’s Upholstery in Minneapolis and photographed Dale, the lead upholster. He was just working on measuring and cutting fabric for cushions during the few minutes I was there but I managed to get a few fun action shots and some details around the shop.

About the Shop Local project:  30 minutes, no disruption of the subject at work or the space, one focal length, B&W, no lights, minimal processing or cropping. Shot with the fujifilm X100V.

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Shop Local: The Shoemaker

This week I had the privilege to be invited in Amara Hark Weber’s studio. I have encountered a few custom shoemakers in Europe before, but none in the US. Amara says there are not many left. She is very passionate about her art and her workshop is filled with so many interesting objects, I could spend a day there!

Her work is amazing but you have to see it for yourself and in color on her website because I am staying true to the limitations I set for myself for this project: 30 minutes, no disruption of the subject at work, one focal length, B&W, no lights, minimal processing or cropping. Shot with the fujifilm X100V.

Amara is such a lovely person, I can’t wait to visit her again without a mask, when socializing is normal. I’m sure we will have lots of stories to share!

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Shop Local: The Farrier

This week was another real treat for me. I was invited to join local farrier James Klund at one of his clients’. I watched him trim one horse and shoe another. We enjoyed a lovely conversation while he was working. I realize today how much I miss being around horses and the familiar barn smell. Maybe I should ride again…

I hope you enjoy the few snapshots I collected while James was working. Feel free to leave a comment below. Thanks for visiting 🙂

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This project is shot with the Fujifilm X100V using ambient light. I am applying the same limitations as with the Musicians at play and The Artist & the Space  projects.