Glow

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Joan of Arc glows in the dark opposite the magnificent Regina Hotel in Paris. 

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Above the Alexander III bridge. Pierre Granet’s Prestige in Battle glows in the mid July sun.

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A glow in the dark installation by our neighbours’ group ‘noctambules’ (night-birds) in the Pyrenees. 

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The sun glows through the beautiful 1960s glasswork of the St Jean Bosco chapel in Toulon.


Scale

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To picture today’s “scale” theme, if Erica hadn’t suggested it, I would have chosen mountains anyway. They are so huge and beautiful, no need to comment. Enjoy!

[All shot in 2017 in the Ariège]

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Pedestrians

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Being a pedestrian here in Europe isn’t anything worth writing a long story about. It’s quite normal in fact, we are keen on using our legs and walking here. Mainly in a big City. Before I became gluten intolerant, I used to roam the streets in search of fresh bread (not a long quest in Paris) but obviously, nowadays it’s a lot less exciting in that respect. The photo above was shot in Versailles on a rainy Sunday morning.

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Sometimes, pedestrians are Smombies in search of a collision.

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Amazing how some pedestrians manage to feel completely relaxed in the midst of urban chaos.

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Here there’s a pedestrian crossing but precious few pedestrians. Who would want to walk there, honestly.

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Pedestrians in a station (Gare de Lyon in this instance).

Layer After Layer at MUCEM

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The Friday photo challenge is back. This time with the “layered” theme. I chose the MUCEM building in Marseilles, covered with a weird and strangely beautiful layer of concrete, which reflects on the ground and everything else around it. Therefore creating a layered and patterned illusion. Marseilles. June 2017.

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MUCEM - Marseilles

MUCEM - Marseilles

 

Textures Challenge and The Chestnut Tree Woodshed in the Ariege

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Last night I was waiting for the daily post to be published, but unfortunately, nothing showed up. So I decided to get back to an earlier challenge when Ben Huberman caught me during a slow interval, that is to say during my 2-week zero connection Summer period. I chose the August 2, 2017 challenge and entitled “Textures”. One of my favourite subjects. I chose 2 pictures I shot this summer of a chestnut tree woodshed. The texture of that kind wood is absolutely fantastic. That is not the only advantage of chestnut tree wood. That kind of wood is able to stand out in the rain for ever, and God knows it rains forever in the Pyrenees. There is no need for varnish, nor paint, not anything else. You can leave it out there and it will never rot. The door to our house was made of Chestnut tree wood and it has been around for 150 years. With only a stroke of Walnut oil on it and I’m not even sure that was useful. Lo and behold!

Augirein, Pyrenees

Textures | The Daily Post

The juxtaposition of starkly different textures helped my attempt to capture a narrow strip of beach as if I were shooting a vast river estuary from a plane. The different colors and densities made it look almost like a living map of a faraway, unknown place. Photography is a primarily visual medium, but we can experience it with more than one sense. This week, focus on the tactile element of the objects you shoot, whether it’s one distinct quality — softness, smoothness, graininess, or any other texture you find interesting — or a combination of several within one frame. I look forward to your exploration of texture in your photos this week!

Source: Textures | The Daily Post

I/She/He/They Stood There Waiting

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Waiting was yesterday’s Friday challenge theme. We stood waiting in the queue for the 3rd “Grand Antique d’Aubert®” marble 2017 symposium organised by Italian marble excavation company Escavamar from Carrare. The show – we’ll get back to that in a forthcoming post – had not yet begun and I took this opportunity to shoot the candlelit footpath that went into the quarry and led to the beautiful and humongous black marble slabs carved out from the mountain.  

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A few months before in Grand-Palais, we met that guy who had stood there waiting for a long long time.

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May last year, waiting for the boat to take us back to Cannes.

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Cannes, waiting for the vests and socks to dry.

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Waiting for one’s evening meal in Spring 2016, Châtelet-Les Halles in Paris.

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