Georgina and Amal’s Wedding Reception at the Cercle de l’Union Interalliée

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Table setting for formal dinner at wedding reception at the Cercle de l'Union Interalliée, Paris, France.
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Georgina and Amal’s Wedding Reception at the Cercle de l’Union Interalliée

The mother of the bride called me to ask if I could photograph her daughter’s wedding reception at a beautiful venue in Paris, France – Le Cercle de l’Union Interalliée, and naturally I accepted.  What a thrill to penetrate the halls of such a venerable institution as this and for a perfect reason; to photograph a young couple about to engage in the vows of marriage.  Indeed the real wedding will take place in India, so this Parisian event was the only moment that friends and family unable to travel to India could celebrate the bride and groom to be.

A little history.  The Union Interalliée was founded in 1917 at the point when the United States entered into the war.  The founders conceived of a place where officers and personalities of the Allied nations could rejoin and give each other moral support and share resources.  Receiving support from many, they were able to acquire the hotel Henri de Rothschild in 1920 and thereby encourage diplomatic relations between the allied nations.  The building is situated on rue Faubourg Saint Honoré, just down the street from the Elysée Palace and is in beautiful condition.

I arrived early, as usual, and began to take photographs of the dining room bathed in warm afternoon sunlight.  In golden tones, the laid tables and flower arrangements by Maison Vertumne struck a harmonious chord for the upcoming event.  I was pleased to get a shot of the stepfather of the bride peacefully laying out place cards at the tables, evidently at home in this lovely building which he has frequented as a club member for years.

Little by little, guests began to fill up the halls and cocktail room and spill out onto the balcony overlooking a lush green garden below.  Champagne flowed, petits fours followed just behind, and I leapt at the opportunity for group portraits of family and friends come from all over the world including Singapore, India and the United States.   British-American-French Georgina and Indian-American-Singaporean Amal met at business school in England and are definitely globe trotters from polyglot families.  As the evening advanced, a chance encounter between a French and Indian guest revealed that they had known each other in university “What a small world!” was heard not once, but at several intervals.

Dinner and speeches followed, as well as a lovely song by the bride’s musician brother-in-law and his spouse.  It was amazing to see such a mixture of people melt into one happy family; but that is how it felt in retrospect.  One might venture to say that the founding spirit of the Union Interalliée was pervasive during the reunion of this exceptional family, lending force and emphasis to Georgina and Amal’s future together.  The evening left me wondering, dreamily, what the wedding in India will be like.

Cruising with the Rough Riders

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Elise Prudhomme, photographer, on the catwalk of the USS Theodore Roosevelt during the Friends and Family Cruise on June 20, 2017.

Theodore Roosevelt Association Fundraising Dinner and Cruise on the USS Theodore Roosevelt

The Theodore Roosevelt Association published this 30-page spread in their Winter-Spring-Summer 2017 Journal.  This exceptional professional opportunity was handed to me by Tweed Roosevelt, the great-grandson of Theodore Roosevelt, when he hired me to photograph the annual Theodore Roosevelt Association fundraising dinner in San Diego followed by a day-cruise in the Pacific aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt.  The TR Association visits the nuclear aircraft carrier every 8 or 9 years, so this event was clearly not to be missed.

The fundraising dinner took place in Mission Valley and officers of the USS Theodore Roosevelt were invited.  Thus, before even boarding the vessel, members of the Theodore Roosevelt Association got a glimpse of the U.S. Navy in full splendor.

Officers of the USS Theodore Roosevelt at the TR Association cocktail in Mission Valley Hilton in San Diego, California on June 19, 2017.

From the Commanding Officer to the sailors, the crew of the USS Theodore Roosevelt was open, warm, friendly, and totally human.  Meeting with this team off-duty was a real treat for guests who were curious to learn more about their job and experience in the Navy.  Highly qualified specialists in many fields, this crew seamlessly communicated with everyone including a small group of youngsters eager to figure out if they could hack into the ship’s computer system! The ship’s Navigator Paul Hockran gave them a run for their money on that subject.

I covered two cocktails and two dinners simultaneously and especially enjoyed the presentations of the American Flag by the Color Guard. The evening ended on an upbeat note with a celebratory ‘hip-hip hooray’ for the ship and a speech by Tweed Roosevelt reminding guests that buses left at 5am the next morning for the naval base on Coronado.

Color Guard presents the American Flag during the Theodore Roosevelt Association dinner, Hilton Mission Valley, San Diego, CA, June 18, 2017.

Color Guard presents the American Flag during the Theodore Roosevelt Association dinner, Hilton Mission Valley, San Diego, CA, June 18, 2017.

The next day (which started as announced at 5 am on the dot) was a memorable experience aboard one of the most powerful and complex ships that mankind has ever constructed.

The Nimitz-class carriers are, and have been, the backbone of U.S. military power since the 60’s when Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara decided to switch to nuclear power for future warships on the premise that they incur lower operating costs over their service lifetimes.  This has proved to be the case: the service life of the ten Nimitz carriers that have been built over a thirty-year period extends through the 2050’s, or 80 consecutive years.  Another benefit to nuclear powered carriers is speed and maneuverability; the ships move at over thirty-knots, accelerate and decelerate faster than a conventional ship and can cruise indefinitely.

Looking back on San Diego from the flight deck of the USS Theodore Roosevelt on June 19, 2017.

Looking back on San Diego from the flight deck of the USS Theodore Roosevelt on June 19, 2017.

Launched in 1984, the USS Theodore Roosevelt is the fourth Nimitz-class carrier and the first to be built using modular construction whereby components were constructed separately and welded together.   Known affectionately as “The Big Stick”, her radio call sign is Rough Rider, the nickname of President Theodore Roosevelt’s volunteer cavalry unit during the Spanish-American war.  The ship weighs approximately 97,000 tons without the habitual six dozen high-performance aircraft and 120,000 tons with.   It is a veritable floating city run by 5,000 sailors and runs an impressive gamut of multi-missions from military defense, disaster relief and humanitarian aid, surveillance and intelligence to naval and coastal security.

Representing a 10 billion dollar investment, U.S. aircraft carriers are considered lucrative targets by military experts; however, visitors aboard we were reminded of the formidable aspects which make aircraft carriers difficult to attack.  Displacing 100,000 tons of water while constantly moving when deployed, carriers can outrun submarines.  Finding and tracking them is difficult as they are covered in roughly 200,000 gallons of special undetectable gray paint which makes the carrier look like a sailboat on a radar.  We spent all day climbing ladders to the 25 decks (250 feet high in total) and walking through watertight compartments and were told that conventional torpedoes were unlikely to pierce through the thousands of tons of armor.  The vessel was towed out to sea, but following close in its wake were several armed high-speed boats and a military helicopter.  Sailors on the flight deck were armed at ready throughout the day.

 

Carriers typically deploy as part of a “carrier strike group” which includes several missile-guided warships, helicopters and other multi-layered defensive shields working together through a very sophisticated combat system called Aegis.

Of course, an aircraft carrier is only as formidable as the efficiency and professionalism of the crew running it.  I had the exceptional opportunity of meeting Commanding Officer Craig Clapperton, who took command of the USS Theodore Roosevelt in 2015.  Captain Clapperton really impressed us with a thorough presentation of the ship and its operations during a private tour of the Captain’s quarters where the considerable collection of Theodore Roosevelt items (letter, photographs, bust, paintings…) contributed to the ambiance of the ship’s namesake.

Captain Craig Clapperton in the Commanding Officer’s quarters of the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) surrounded by Theodore Roosevelt memorabilia and portrait.

Since our visit, Clapperton has been named Commander of the Naval Air Force (CNAF).  At the Change of Command ceremony, Captain Clapperton who called his crew the “Rough Riders” said of his team:  “The challenges this crew has faced over the last two years are truly extraordinary,” he said. “The men and women of Theodore Roosevelt are exceptional warriors and leaders. Their hard work made our Navy readier and made the world a safer place. I feel truly privileged to have had the opportunity to serve as the commanding officer of the Big Stick and to operate with this incredible team.”

Interior shot of the bridge and a 20-year old sailor at the helm of the USS Theodore Roosevelt.

Interior shot of the bridge and a 20-year old sailor at the helm of the USS Theodore Roosevelt.

TR Association members were moved by the kindness and dedication of the crew who showed us around the ship and explained their diverse roles aboard a self-sufficient vessel capable of staying out to sea for months at a time.  The intricacy of operations aboard from daily life to maneuvers on the bridge was shown to us.  I spent considerable time on the bridge with Tweed Roosevelt and was amazed at how many people were in operation at the same time, including a very young female sailor who was at the helm.

At the end of an exhausting but stimulating day, I was amused to discover a small intriguing museum dedicated to Theodore Roosevelt right next to the hangar and Bully the Moose; a taxidermy feat since Bully’s antlers were apparently reduced down in size to fit into the allowable space on the ship!  Having just met major league baseball player Rick Sutcliffe on the bridge with Captain Clapperton, I left the USS Theodore Roosevelt satisfied that it had been an All-Star day.

Visitor encounters Bully the Moose aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt on June 19, 2017.

Visitor encounters Bully the Moose aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt on June 19, 2017.

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Exhibition Opening of Exposed [À découvert] at Studio Galerie B&B during Mois de la Photo OFF 2017

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Elise Prudhomme exhibits at Studio Galerie B&B during Mois de la Photo OFF 2017.
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Exhibition Opening of Exposed [À découvert]

Using a medium format film camera, I conceived, shot (using myself as a model) and hand-developed these photographs during travels in the United States, Italy and Switzerland from 1988 – 1991.  The silver-gelatin prints were made by myself in a traditional analog darkroom in 2014 – 2015.  You can see this series during the Mois de la Photo OFF (Photography Month OFF) from 28 March to 23 April at Studio Galerie B&B in Paris, France.

Here are a few images of the exhibition and opening.

Studio Galerie B&B
6 bis rue des Récollets – 75010 Paris
info@studiogaleriebb.com

Exposed [À découvert] | Exhibition during Mois de la Photo OFF at Studio Galerie B&B

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Exhibition Poster for Exposed (A découvert) at Studio Galerie B&B from 28 March to 23 April 2017

Exposed [À découvert] exhibited during Mois de la Photo OFF from 28 March – 23 April 2017

In the midst of a garden, of the forest, perched on a tree branch or lodged in the shade of foliage, the naked body, divinely animal, inscribes itself in the order of nature.  But is there a place for it in the order of the real? The artist does not seem quite freed from this nostalgia of fusion with the maternal realm. For a moment, hidden at the top of a tree-refuge, she becomes a bird. The photographer’s eye forges unceasing images of a paradise where recovering the voluptuousness of flight proper to creation is the greatest desire. – translated from the text by Patricia Bourcillier

Exposed is the first part of a body of work that I began in the 80s on the exploration of self and the photographic medium. It is followed, in the 90s, by a more intimate series called Self-consciousness.

Au milieu d’un jardin, de la forêt, perché sur la branche d’un arbre ou lové à l’ombre du feuillage, le corps nu, divinement animal, s’inscrit dans l’ordre de la nature. Mais y a-t-il sa place dans l’ordre du réel ? De cette nostalgie de fusion avec le royaume des mères, l’artiste ne semble pas tout à fait sortie. Le temps d’un instant, cachée au plus haut d’un arbre-refuge, elle devient oiseau. Son oeil de photographe forge sans relâche des images du paradis où s’exprime le désir de recouvrer la Volupté de l’envol propre à la création. – Patricia Bourcillier

A découvert est le premier volet d’un travail débuté dans les années 80 sur l’exploration de soi et du médium de la photographie.  Il sera suivi, dans les années 90, par un travail plus intime intitulé Auto-conscience.

Exposition du 28 mars au 23 avril 2017
Vernissage le mardi 28 mars de 18h à 21h

Studio Galerie B&B
6 bis rue des Récollets – 75010 Paris
info@studiogaleriebb.com

Exhibition opening of Wild Wild West at Studio Galerie B&B

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Elise Prudhomme exhibits new color work from her series "Wild Wild West" at Studio Galerie B&B in Paris, France.
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Exhibition Opening of Wild Wild West | Studio Galerie B&B

It was another memorable full-house at Studio Galerie B&B for the exhibition opening of “A Little Further West” (Un peu plus à l’ouest) featuring black and white photographs by Philippe Bachelier “Ouessantine Promenades” and new color work by Elise Prudhomme from her series Wild Wild West.  Here are a few photos taken during the evening!

The show is on until 23 December 2016 and will reopen in January 2017.

Studio Galerie B&B
6 bis rue des Récollets – 75010 Paris
info@studiogaleriebb.com

Wild Wild West | Exhibition at Studio Galerie B&B in Paris

Exhibitions

Elise Prudhomme photography exhibition entitled Wild Wild West
Elise Prudhomme photography exhibition entitled Wild Wild West

Elise Prudhomme exhibits new color work from her series “Wild Wild West” at Studio Galerie B&B in Paris, France.

Wild Wild West | Exhibition at Studio Galerie B&B in Paris from 13 – 23 December 2016

Honoring the centennial of America’s National Park Service, Elise Prudhomme presents “Wild Wild West” a contemporary study of Western American landscapes faced with man’s appropriation of them.  While contemplating the landscape definitely involves an aesthetic act, appropriating the landscape implies an act of transformation. Transformed into places of recreation, habitation or consumption, the evolution of these landscapes reveals a new picturesque.

A l’occasion du centenaire pour la création des Parcs Nationaux aux Etats-Unis, Elise Prudhomme présente « Wild Wild West » une étude contemporaine sur les paysages d’Amérique de l’Ouest face à l’homme qui se les approprie. Tandis que contempler le paysage signifie assurément faire intervenir un acte esthétique, s’approprier le paysage implique un acte de transformation. Transformés en lieux de récréation, habitation ou consommation, il en résulte de nos paysages d’aujourd’hui un nouveau pittoresque.

Exposition du 13 au 23 décembre 2016
Vernissage le mardi 13 décembre de 18h à 21h

Studio Galerie B&B
6 bis rue des Récollets – 75010 Paris
info@studiogaleriebb.com

Modern residence and garden by Taliesin West architect

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A modern example of Organic Architecture by Taliesin West architect

This modern residence and formal garden located in Western Oregon was designed and constructed by a graduate of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture at Taliesin West.  His interest in learning the principles of Organic Architecture, as Frank Lloyd Wright referred to his own work, is underlined by Wright’s words; “Learn the principles and do not copy me.”

The principles of Organic Architecture encompass an overall design process where everything relates to one another both on the inside and the outside. The relationship of the building to its natural surroundings is as important as the details in its interior – from the windows, to the floors, to the furniture that fills the space. Organic Architecture covers the construction materials, motifs and design principles which work together as a unified whole to build a central mood and theme.

The fundamental design of this architect’s home which includes broad cantilevers, horizontal lines and open interior space, all strong elements of Organic Architecture, give this private residence a ‘Wright look’.  After twenty one years, this house still maintains that timeless quality that Frank Lloyd Wright’s homes are known for.

A quote from the Japanese ‘Book of Tea’ says it simply: “The reality of a building does not consist in the roof and walls but the space within to be lived in.”

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The Gordon House | Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian vision

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The Gordon House | Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian vision

The Oregon Garden welcomed one of the last of the ‘Usonian’ home series designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1957 for Evelyn and Conrad Gordon, The Gordon House, which its 2001 owners wished to tear down. The building was dismantled and restored to its new environment in Silverton.

Designed for the American working-class consumer, a Usonian home was a small, single-story house constructed with native materials. It had a flat roof and cantilevered overhangs for energy efficiency and clerestory windows to enhance the visual relationship between interior and exterior. A carport (word coined by Wright) served to shelter a parked vehicle. These homes, of which Wright designed about sixty, are considered to be an aesthetic precursor to ranch-style dwellings.

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Exhibition Opening of Exposed [À Découvert] | Studio Galerie B&B

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Exhibition Opening of Exposed [À Découvert] | Studio Galerie B&B

Here are a few glimpses of the exhibition opening for my new fine art series Exposed [À Découvert]. We had a fabulous time! There was barely a crumb left for a mouse at the end of the evening and the fogged in windows told the “tail”.

This series is on exhibit at Studio Galerie B&B in Paris from 8 – 25 December 2015.
Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday 3pm to 8pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am – 7pm.

Studio Galerie B&B 6 bis rue des Récollets 75010 Paris

Exposed [À Découvert] | Exhibition in Paris at Studio Galerie B&B

Exhibitions

American Gothic Revisited, Pennsylvania, USA, 1988 (series Exposed - À découvert) by Elise Prudhomme.

Exposed, unpublished work by Elise Prudhomme, presented at Galerie B&B

Studio Galerie B&B Exhibition in Paris | Exposed [À Découvert]

Thirty-eight limited edition black and white silver-gelatin prints from the unpublished series entitled EXPOSED will be exhibited for the first time at Studio Galerie B&B.

Opening: Thursday 10 December at 6pm
Gallery hours: Tuesday – Friday 3pm to 8pm, Saturday 10am – 8pm, Sunday 10am – 6pm

Trente-huit tirages noir et blanc gélatino-argentique en édition limitée d’un travail inédit intitulé À DECOUVERT seront présentés pour la première fois à Studio Galerie B&B du 8 – 25 décembre 2015.

Vernissage: Jeudi 10 décembre à partir de 18h
Horaires d’ouverture: mardi – vendredi 15h à 20h, samedi 10h – 20h, dimanche 10h – 18h

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Sands of Time | Exhibition at Nordkraft Concept-Store in Paris

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Sands of Time |  Exhibition at Nordkraft Concept-Store in Paris

The exhibition Sands of Time at Nordkraft Concept-Store runs from 4 – 29 November, on the occasion of the Rencontres Photographiques du 10ème.  The selection of analog 8×10″ contact prints, as well as larger format 50×60 cm archival quality digital prints, can be purchased directly on my website.

Nordkraft – 20 rue Lucien Sampaix – 75010 Paris

Mother and daughter, a newborn studio portrait session

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Mother and daughter, a newborn studio portrait session

A quick photo session was in order after Meg gave birth to her lovely baby daughter Kloé.  In order to bring out the adorable design of Kloé’s natural diapers and newborn pink skin, I set up a simple black background in the studio.  Kloé gave a great performance for Mom and the camera before deciding that she’d had enough.  It was a lovely morning at Studio Galerie B&B.

Parisian interiors: design and architecture

Architecture, Commissions, Decoration, Interiors

Photograph of the designer interior of Le Georges restaurant, Paris, France.  This image is included in the Architecture Portfolio of Elise Prudhomme Photographer

Paris, seen from the inside

For the past several years, I have been photographing Parisian interiors for home owners and rental agencies.  Using ambient light and tripod, working with long exposures and a low ISO, I render these spaces without artifice.  I am beginning to amass quite a collection of images showing the Parisian lifestyle at it’s most intimate: “chez soi” (seen from the inside).  The above chapter on Residential Interiors from my Architecture Portfolio includes some of this work.

Open House at DLP Paris

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Open house event photo shoot at DLP Paris

DLP Paris, a production/animation company in Paris, asked me to photograph their open house cocktail party.  They could not decide between a standard photo shoot and formal studio portraits of their clients to be offered as gifts, so they chose both.

I set up a Mad Men-style studio on site, using office furniture as a backdrop; a couple of stylish leather and chrome armchairs and a decorative Fresnel-ish lamp.  While encouraging guests to step into the ‘boudoir’ for a studio shoot, I worked the event with an on-camera flash (Mark III for the reportage and Hasselblad digital back for the studio portraits).  The art director was very pleased with the results!

www.dlpparis.com

Photographing the work of artist and sculptor Raâk

Commissions, Studio shoot

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Photographing the work of artist and sculptor Raâk

A chance encounter with Raâk during her successful exhibition of sculptures at Studio Galerie B&B led to a series of photographs of the remaining pieces in her collection.  Raâk works with different types of media, including terra cotta, wood and stone.  Working in a controlled studio environment, we selected a black background to bring out the terra cotta clay and ochre pigments that she adds when firing them.  Having gotten close to her work while photographing it, I can attest to the spiritual and spontaneous quality that it exudes and which so many admirers find enticing.

www.raak.fr

Spring Exhibition of photographs from the collection Yours, Mine, Le Nôtre’s

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Parc de Sceaux, 2011Spring Exhibition of photographs from the collection Yours, Mine, Le Nôtre’s

Studio Galerie B&B celebrates spring with a selection of photographs by Elise Prudhomme from the collection Yours, Mine, Le Nôtre’s du 31 March to 16 April 2015.

Sands of Time, a series of large format pinhole photographs

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Jardin d'Acclimatation and lodging house, Tatihou Island, Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue, France. 2014 (series Sands of Time) by Elise Prudhomme.
Ile Tatihou #14, Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue, France. 2014 (series Sands of Time) by Elise Prudhomme.

Ile Tatihou #14, Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue, France. 2014

Sands of Time

In recent photographic studies, I have been exploring the theme of the sentiment of nature. Raised in a family of architects and passionate gardeners, I am interested in an art of nature capable of encompassing both garden and landscape.  This new series of large format pinhole photographs, Sands of Time, excerpt from an ongoing project on the development of the cultural landscape and the emergence of a new picturesque in the Cotentin, includes work done on historic Tatihou Island*, where layers of symbolic material trace the constant evolution of man in his environment.

* Tatihou Island, owned by the Conservatoire du Littoral, is managed by the Conseil Général de la Manche.

Sables du temps

Récemment, j’explore le thème du sentiment de la nature au travers d’études photographiques. D’une famille d’architectes et de jardiniers passionnés, j’étudie l’idée d’un art de la nature en mesure de rassembler à la fois le jardin et le paysage.  Extrait d’un projet en cours sur l’évolution du paysage culturel et l’émergence d’un nouveau pittoresque dans le Cotentin, j’expose aujourd’hui une série de sténopés, intitulée Sands of Time, qui inclue le travail réalisé lors d’un séjour sur l’Ile de Tatihou*, où les couches de matière symbolique retracent la constante evolution des usages.

*L’Ile de Tatihou, propriété du Conservatoire du Littoral, est gérée par le Conseil Général de la Manche.

Entre Côtes | Photography Exhibition at Studio Galerie B&B

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Entre Côtes | Photography Exhibition at Studio Galerie B&B

From December 9, a sea wind will blow on Studio Gallery B&B at the occasion of the exhibition of two photographers, Entre Côtes.

Elise Prudhomme presents a new series of large format pinhole photographs entitled Sands of Time, extract of an ongoing project on the evolution of the cultural landscape and the emergence of a new picturesque in the Cotentin.

From the Atlantic coast to the inland, Philippe Bachelier walked his cameras through the Basque country on both sides of the Pyrénées. His black and white landscapes, printed silver-gelatin paper, recount the changing lights of the ocean and the perennial energy of nature.

A partir du 9 décembre, un vent iodé soufflera sur le Studio Galerie B&B à l’occasion de l’exposition de ses deux photographes Entre Côtes.

Elise Prudhomme expose une série de sténopés grand format intitulé Sands of Time, extraite d’un projet en cours sur l’évolution du paysage culturel et l’émergence d’un nouveau pittoresque dans le Cotentin.

De la côte atlantique à l’intérieur des terres, Philippe Bachelier a promené ses appareils photo dans le Pays Basque, des deux côtés des Pyrénées. Leurs paysages en noir et blanc, tirés sur papier argentique, racontent les lumières changeantes de l’océan et l’énergie d’une nature vivace.

Opening on Tuesday, December 11 at 6pm at Studio Galerie B&B, 6 bis rue des Récollets, 75010 Paris, France.
Exhibition from 9 to 21 December 2014

Pinhole workshop Granville Photo Club, France

Blog article, Workshops

Shooting with a large format pinhole camera on the Grand Grève in Granville, France on January 1, 2014.

Shooting with a large format pinhole camera on the Grand Grève in Granville, France on January 1, 2014.

One thing leads to another…

My appearance on January 1, 2014, in waders with an 8×10″ pinhole camera and tripod slung behind my back, on the Grand Grève of Granville sollicited curosity by a gentleman stroller-by.  An enthusiastic member of the Granville Photo Club, he asked if I might be interested in demonstrating use of this particular pinhole camera (the Harman Titan 8×10).

Pinhole workshop at the Granville Photo Club, France

In April 2014, I made a presentation of large format pinhole photography to the interested members of the club, followed by a portrait session using color slide film (result above).  Working with an 8×10″ camera has always tempted me, however the weight and unweildiness has not.  I have found an adequate compromise in the large format pinhole camera which is lighter weight and easy to carry on my back if I am trekking.  The negatives can be made into contact prints or scanned and enlarged.  I am currently testing cyanotypes with these pinhole negatives and love the result.

Parisian Prom Portraits

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Saint Mandé, France. 2014

Parisian Prom Portraits

Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose. – Gertrude Stein

I was asked to photograph a Parisian school prom and the theme was The Roaring 20’s.  Two outdoor studio setups, a 4×5 film camera, a Hasselblad digital back and a tennis club.  It was a challenging technical adventure and a wonderful portrait opportunity!