Photography

  • Photo of the Week - April 25, 2014

    By Rachael Woodson

    Last weekend was spent discovering the beautiful Île de Ré, an island off the west coast of France near La Rochelle. A popular vacation destination, the island is known for it's sandy beaches, oysters and salt fields. This week's photo shows Louis Bernicot at Île de Ré in 1952. Bernicot was a French navigator known for sailing around the world solo. He completed the 32,000 mile journey in 21 months and 9 days, leaving in August of 1936 and returning in May of 1938.

    Last Updated ( Wednesday, 23 April 2014 )
  • Photo of the Week - April 18, 2014

    By Rachael Woodson

    This photograph of the bulls being released in Les Arènes d'Arles (the Arles Amphitheatre) was taken in 1963. La Feria d'Arles, a festival centered on le taureau (the bull) and bullfighting, is held twice a year in Arles - once in September and once in April. Starting today and continuing until the April 21st, the Easter feria marks the opening of the French bullfighting season and attracts more than 500,000 people.

    Last Updated ( Friday, 18 April 2014 )
  • Photo of the Week - April 11, 2014

    By Rachael Woodson

    Lavender season in Provence is getting closer, and peak season is from June to August. This photograph was taken outside the Abbaye Notre-Dame de Sénanque, near the village of Gordes in the Vaucluse department. The Cistercian abbey was founded in 1148 and the monks who live there grow lavender and keep honey bees in the surrounding fields. It's a major destination for visitors looking to experience the sight and smell of the purple fields of the region.

    Last Updated ( Friday, 11 April 2014 )
  • Photo of the Week - April 4, 2014

    By Rachael Woodson

    « Regardons l'horizon ensemble. Qu'y voit-on ? Qu'en Avril les amours s'en donnent à foison. »

    "Let's look at the horizon together. What do we see? That in April love is abundant."

     


    Last Updated ( Thursday, 03 April 2014 )
  • Photo of the Week - March 28, 2014

    By Rachael Woodson

    One evening last week I noticed a strange bluish light at my window that very suddenly took over the rainy sky. It seemed almost unreal. Intrigued, I went upstairs into le grenier (the attic) and opened the door onto the terrace...

     

    Last Updated ( Saturday, 29 March 2014 )
  • Photo of the Week - March 21, 2014

    By Rachael Woodson

    This week's photo gives us a glimpse at Henri Cartier-Bresson's first Leica, the Leica I, which had a shutter speed range of 1/20 to 1/500 of a second. The French photographer, known as the 'father of photojournalism', bought and began using the Leica in Marseille in the early 1930s. He was spending time with the Surrealists and became interested in the temporal aspects of photography. Much of his early work, including early paintings and sketches, are currently being exhibited at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. The exhibition gives and extensive chronological look at Cartier-Bresson's work.

    Last Updated ( Thursday, 20 March 2014 )
  • Photo of the Week - March 14, 2014

    By Rachael Woodson

    Last weekend on a biking excursion I discovered Pont Van Gogh, a drawbridge near Arles that was the source of inspiration for several paintings by Vincent van Gogh in 1888. The original bridge, which was called the Pont de Langlois, was one of eleven built by a Dutch engineer along the canal that was created in the 19th century to connect Arles and Port-de-Bouc. This bridge was replaced in 1930, and was then destroyed during World War II. The reconstructed bridge which stands there today is called Pont Van Gogh (Van Gogh bridge).

    Last Updated ( Friday, 14 March 2014 )
  • Photo of the Week - March 7, 2014

    By Rachael Woodson

    This photo looks to be the 'before' shot of a duo of acrobats getting ready to perform a saut périlleux à bicyclette (a perilous bicycle jump). It was taken on March 22, 1910, the same year that saw the Great Flood of Paris, the birth of photographer Willy Ronis and the death of painter Henri Rousseau.

    Last Updated ( Sunday, 09 March 2014 )
  • Photo of the Week - February 28, 2014

    By Rachael Woodson


    "The sky is aquamarine, the water is royal blue, the ground is mauve. The town is blue and purple. The gas is yellow and the reflections are russet gold descending down to green-bronze. On the aquamarine field of the sky the Great Bear is a sparkling green and pink, whose discreet paleness contrasts with the brutal gold of the gas. Two colorful figurines of lovers in the foreground."

    Last Updated ( Wednesday, 05 March 2014 )
  • Photo of the Week - February 22, 2014

    By Rachael Woodson

    American photographer Imogen Cunningham began photographing as a young woman in the early 1900s. While studying at the University of Washington in Seattle, she studied photography chemistry and photographed plants for the botany department in order to finance her education. She learned more about portrait photography working in Edward S. Curtis' studio and later opened her own studio in Seattle, often making portraits of people in their homes or in the woods nearby her home. This photograph, entitled The Dream, was taken early on in her career, in 1910.

    Last Updated ( Friday, 21 February 2014 )
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