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The Couple

January 25th, 2011

This shot of a couple of white doves was taken on my uncle’s farm in Normandy during my recent trip to France.

These beautiful, docile birds had a very sweet and gentle nature, and expressed no objection to posing for a photograph.

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The Norman Coast in Winter

October 12th, 2010

Earlier this year I spent a day in the seaside resort town of Deauville, in France. I got the chance to visit the place a little, and spent a short time on Deauville’s famous beach – which, owing to the time of year and the weather, was largely deserted.

It was cold, with a biting wind that threatened to sweep my little cousins off their feet. Dark clouds roiled above, constantly threatening to unleash a torrential downpour. And, in point of fact, the heavens did open up hard a number of times during the course of the day, for periods ranging anywhere from a few minutes to a good few hours.

My cousins, about to be carried away by the wind.

The deserted public changing rooms.

The view onto the English Channel (aka “La Manche”).

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The Lone Oak

September 18th, 2010

Not far from my uncle’s farm in Normandy, France, lies a wide open field, at the far end of which lies a splendid forest, dark and deep. I would occasionally go for a walk in the forest – and on one occasion a mushroom hunt with the family.

On the way there and back I would pass a lone oak, standing resilient, proud and strong in the middle of the field.

I was inexorably and inexplicably drawn to that oak. So one rainy, overcast day I grabbed my gear and squelched my muddy way to the field to snap a frame or two.

Here is one of the results.

This is likely to be the last post for a week or so as I’ll be travelling and with limited access to the ‘net.

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The Juignettes Church

September 12th, 2010

I was in the car, passing this church in Juignettes in Normandy, France, when the sun came out from behind a cloud.

I had to stop and make a picture.

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Silhouettes

September 8th, 2010

There’s something very particular about silhouettes. They can help convey so much mood, drama and mystery.

Here is a small selection of silhouettes taken in places as diverse as London, Brussels and Normandy, France.

Above is a the equestrian statue of Godfrey de Bouillon which stands in the Royal Square in Brussels. The statue was made by Eugène Simonis, and inaugurated on August 24, 1848.

Above is the British Machine Gun Corps Memorial (also knows as The Boy David), which can today be found in the central section of Hyde Park Corner in London.

I couldn’t help but wonder about the link between machine guns and the German Zweihander/Greatsword (Yes, I know. But hey, I’m into swords).

One of the 48 statues representing the Medieval guilds of 16th century Brussels and which can be found atop neo-gothic columns surrounding the Place du Petit Sablon. The Place du Petit Sablon was built in built in 1890, and is a beautiful tree-lined park in central Brussels.

A statue atop a fountain in Hyde Park.

A kite caught in a tree on a beautiful day in Normandy, France.

Pigeon on the rails. Seen in Hyde Park.

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The White Feather

August 30th, 2010

I came across this single white feather in a forest in Normandy, France when out hunting for mushrooms earlier this year.

It seemed to shine with it’s own light, a small sliver of virgin white emerging from the damp, dark forest floor. I lit it with my SB900 speedlight.

I had wondered about the feeling my choice of image for this post conveyed. It felt like I was looking for an idea and words that were only just out of reach.

This morning though, I have no doubts about the picture. I find it surprisingly fitting.

I was woken in the night to learn that a friend and colleague, who has served 19 years with my firm, had passed away suddenly from a heart attack. He was only 46, and leaves behind a wife and five young children. And a lot of dumbstruck family, friends and co-workers.

Another light has gone out. And the world looks that little bit darker.

And that feather seems to be gathering greater, and certainly a very different, meaning in the circumstances. Though I don’t know if I can tell you why or what that is…

He will be missed. But not forgotten. And in that way, never truly lost.

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A Portrait of Defeat

August 20th, 2010

In case you were wondering what defeat looked like.

My 10-year-old cousin, dejected and exhausted, after being beaten at ping-pong by another cousin (who happens to be a champion of the sport, with medals and cups and stuff).

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The Cross

June 25th, 2010

I had gone for a walk with my cousin in Normandy. The path we took brought us past an old church, in the small grassy space next to which stood this beautiful cross.

I decided to make a picture. With my cousin’s assistance (he held the flashgun for me), I set up and took the shot. I exposed for the rapidly darkening sky and used the flash (to camera left) to light the cross itself. I thought I could bring out quite the mood that way.

The moment after I heard the click-clack of the shutter opening and closing, the skies opened. A wall of rain and hail descended upon us. We were each soaked to the bone within minutes (despite our rain gear which proved not to be quite as water proof as advertised). Thankfully, I was able to save my camera gear. I protected it with my body as I rapidly packed it away into my backpack. Then began the long walk back the way we came. Luckily, I managed to keep most of the wet out of the backpack by covering it with my jacket and hunching over it.

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Triumph & Fuzzy Slippers

June 11th, 2010

I took this shot of my little cousin in her room at my uncle’s farm. I exposed for the scene outside her window, and lit the room with one SB900 flash to camera left.

I love the fuzzy slippers, her stance and the look of mischief and triumph on her face.

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The Salamander

June 7th, 2010

I caught this salamander when I was visiting my uncle at his farm in Normandy, France (it had snuck into the house).

I figured it’d make interesting shooting material. So before releasing that beautiful amphibian into the wild again, I grabbed some white paper, placed the salamander delicately upon it, fitted my macro lens to my camera, setup my SB900 flash and, well, here are some of the results.

It was remarkably difficult to shoot as the salamander l decided it would be a particularly petulant model and refused to sit still for a moment.

It was constantly shifting this way and that, occasionally making a dash for the edge of the paper and freedom from the apparently terrifying glare of my lens.

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