Auxerre Cathedral. 1561 Renaissance motif. July 2017
When I read Andrea’s challenge piece today entitled “Ooh, Shiny!” I thought “Ooh, No!” because I wasn’t sure I would be able to find anything to show for today. Then I realised that there is something that always keeps me distracted all Summers and it’s sunflowers 🌻. When I created my first Website 22 years ago, I chose a sunflower as the emblem. Then I turned the emblem into a logo. And 4 years ago I turned the Website into a full-fledged business. And sunflowers are always on my mind. Each year when we arrive in the Pyrenees and I spot sunflowers I stop the car in weird places and draw out my camera and start shooting like mad until my wife screams that she is getting terminally bored and we need to get going. This year however we have had a heatwave all June and July and when we arrived the sunflower fields didn’t look too good. So I’m dishing out those from 2 years ago (shot in the vicinity of Toulouse in the South West). There are more pictures of sunflowers which I took in July in Burgundy. They will have to be developed before you can see them. Patience is of the essence.
By the way, it’s said that sunflowers turn towards the Sun, yet this isn’t true. They turn their back on the Sun and I can tell you, from a photographical point of view, that it does make a difference, what with the increased difficulty caused by the backlighting.
Those pictures were taken early in the morning Sun and this is why the colours are so vivid and so nice.
Well, I think so, now you tell me what you think through your comments.
Today’s challenge is satisfaction. This past 3 1/2 years I have been developing my business. And let’s face the music, during that period, I’ve had precious little time to do anything else. So when I can grab one of my cameras — or even several of them when I cover a concert event — then, I really get time for myself and it’s a bit like coming up for air. Over lunch today, I met with a friend’s friend and we laid out a plan for a theme-based photo exhibition next Spring. I don’t know what the theme will be as yet, as I asked him to make his decision about it and I’ll adapt to it. In the meantime, it’s time for me to shut down this computer and get back on my bike and head South where we have a house in the Pyrenees. Great place for photography by the way. If only I could spot one of these sheep-eating bears who are roaming the area, I’d be pretty lucky I believe.
Paris, June 2017. The bouquinistes are street booksellers along the Seine. There were declared a Unesco World Heritage. The term appeared in the French dictionary in 1789 but the norms about the sizes of the boxes and the rules of conduct are fare more recent. In the past, the locals used to shop for used books over there, now it’s mainly tourists. Continue reading “Bouquinistes – Booksellers”
Today’s challenge is “collage”. I have selected 3 pictures for this. The one above in St Girons, in the Pyrenees, with the old Zavatta circus.
On general election years, many posters are plastered on walls like here in 2012 with this picture of left-wing leader Melanchon (the large Mercedes behind was a somewhat feeble attempt at tongue-in-cheek pictorial humour)
More of the same this year with, sometimes weird, posters from various activists groups. And in case you wanted to know what public loos looked like half a century or so ago, here is one of the only 2 left in Paris.