Here’s a photo of a polaroid I took today while photographing the French poet Lysiane Rakotoson in les Jardins du Luxembourg. As part of a project I’m working on which focuses on contemporary women poets, it was a pleasure to photograph Lysiane on this sunny yet chilly January afternoon. Her first collection of poems was released by the French publishing house Cheyne in 2010. Entitled Une neige et des baisers exacts, the collection was selected for the prestigious prix de la Vocation, a prize given once a year to a poet under 30 for their first publication. With themes of light, seasons, and the elements of nature recurring throughout the work, this beautiful selection of poems is a perfect read for a winter’s day.
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photo © Rachael Woodson