Lieux-dits | Opening night at Galerie B&B

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Images taken at opening night of the photography exhibition "Lieux-dits" by Elise Prudhomme at Studio Galerie B&B in Paris, France.

Exhibition opening of Lieux-dits at Studio Galerie B&B

I am so pleased to be exhibiting this new photographic series entitled “Lieux-dits” at Studio Galerie B&B in Paris, France.  Here are a few photos of the exhibition and opening and below is a video that shows the installation.

Wall space being limited, we will continue to change out different prints from the same series starting tomorrow night.  These large format pigment prints on Awagami paper are made from 6 x 18 cm film negatives and all effects are made “in camera”.

Installation vidéo

Exposition du 5 – 22 novembre 2018
Vernissage le mardi 6 novembre de 18h à 21h

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

Herculean, Pharaonic and other Garden Superlatives


Herculean, Pharaonic and other Garden Superlatives

One of the Seven Wonders, for which the specific location has never been established, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon are said to have contained a large variety of trees, shrubs and vines planted in tiers on raised terraces in an extraordinary feat of engineering.

While visiting the Remarkable Gardens (see other garden studies with this label) of the Château du Champ de Bataille, I drew a parallel with these mythical gardens, beginning with the symbolic notion that they are said to embody: The Seven Degrees of Creation from the Mineral, Vegetal, and Animal to Humanity, Conscience, Light and Spirit, in that order.

Jacques Garcia, renowned decorator, acquired the château in 1992. Working with landscape architect Patrick Pottier, they carried out the herculean task of conceiving and planting more than 240 acres of formal gardens consisting of groves, French parterres, boxwood topiary, basins, terraces, steps and fountains complimented by temples, theaters and sculptures. Hidden at the end of the garden is the “pièce de résistance” (flourish); a genuine 18th century Indian palace, reconstructed stone by stone, complete with an artificial lake: the Palace of Dreams. From the Material to the Immaterial, visitors pass from the earthly realm to the heavens in a pharaonic fanfare of fountains and greenery.

Overview of the water garden, Palace of Dreams, Chateau du Champ de Bataille, Normandy, France.

Contributing to the myth, it is believed that another famous gaze alighted on these gardens many years before; that of André Le Nôtre, architect of the Tuileries and Versailles gardens. An unforgotten sketch attributed to Le Nôtre shows the positioning of the Great Terrace, boxwood embroidery and bordering groves, as well as the proportions of the Squares of Diana and Apollo. These rare period features, similar to those of Vaux-le-Vicomte, have been restored in the current gardens.

Bordering groves of the Chateau du Champ de Bataille, Normandy, France.
Bordering groves of the Chateau du Champ de Bataille, Normandy, France.

A modest, but visibly dedicated quantity of gardeners oversea this creation which, one might assume, had evolved progressively throughout the history of the château. In reality, the château changed hands many times and underwent periods of restoration and but also neglect, even serving as a post-war prison camp and women’s prison. What was left of the structure and gardens at the time of Garcia’s purchase in 1992 required a significant overhaul in order to make it a period piece, including the excavation of over 1 million cubic meters of earth in order to arrive at the original ground levels of the 17th century.

The Babylonian aura surrounding this place; tales of a deep-pocketed Nebuchadnezzar and his wife Queen Amytis, romantic ideals of The Seven Degrees of Creation and legend of André Le Nôtre, was driven home on Patrimony Day when I witnessed the spectacle of the usually private garden greenhouses. Incredulous, I surrendered to Garden Superlatives.

Tropical greenhouse entrance, Château du Champ de Bataille, Normandy, France.
Tropical greenhouse entrance, Château du Champ de Bataille, Normandy, France.

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Lieux-dits [Said Places] | Exhibition at Galerie B&B

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Exhibition announcement for the new analog photography series by Elise Prudhomme entitled Lieux-dits. Works from the series exhibited at Studio Galerie B&B.

Lieux-dits | New series exhibited at Studio Galerie B&B

Photographic author, I use a variety of analog and digital cameras to explore the possibilities and limits of the medium. While my choice of subject matter varies from Landscape, Portraits or Interior Spaces throughout there is a humor, irony and an appreciation of the surreal.

My latest series is titled “Lieux-dits”. This is a French toponymic term that literally translates as “Said Places”. It refers to small geographical locations that bear traditional names often based on some characteristic of the place, its former use, or a past event. These photographs represent events as well as places, as in a memoir. One single shot was not enough to express the feeling engendered by the locale. Through a creative use of multiple exposures to generate diverse reference points, the emotions associated with the “Lieux-dits” are anchored in memory.

Taken during travels, when my sensitivity to my surrounds was most acute, they relate tales of encounters, lights and foreign languages during an adventurous time in my life.

Lieux-dits | Nouvelle série exposée au Studio Galerie B&B

Photographe auteur,  j’explore des procédés créatifs de photographie depuis la prise de vue jusqu’au tirage. La matérialisation d’idées sur un support sensible inspire le traitement du sujet qu’il s’agisse d’un espace intérieur, d’un paysage ou d’un portrait. Intéressée par la capacité des appareils analogue ou numériques à capturer l’espace et créer l’illusion, je maîtrise le medium dans l’expression surréaliste de son environnement.

Lieux-dits sont de courtes histoires, des moments de vie quotidienne au cours desquels l’esprit du lieu, émotions ressenties à un endroit et non un temps donné, prime sur la perception visuelle qui généralement accompagne sa découverte. En voyage, quand le temps se prête à l’éveil des sens, ils évoquent des rencontres, des lumières et des langues étrangères vécus, avec le sentiment d’aventure.

A travers des superpositions complexes ce projet révèle de multiples amers venant ancrer les émotions associées à ces lieux de passage au sein de la mémoire.

Exposition du 5 – 22 novembre 2018
Vernissage le mardi 6 novembre de 18h à 21h

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

A Woodworker’s Dream

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Benoit Lechevallier starting the Ruston & Hornsby motor of Saint Gabriel Flour Mill.  Restoration of the Saint-Gabriel Flour Mill, Saint-Gabriel-Brecy, France.

A Woodworker’s Dream | Visiting the Saint Gabriel Flour Mill

Contemplating current trends in gluten-free bread, flour-less cakes and slow food, it was thought provoking to step back to post-war France and learn about technology and engineering during the industrial revolution.   This opportunity arose during a weekend visit to the town of Saint Gabriel de Brécy, Normandy.

The Saint Gabriel Flour Mill, now inscribed into the Industrial Patrimony of the Calvados region, is a magnificent example of a once-working flour mill that is being carefully restored by its owners.  Closed permanently in 1975, the mill was purchased in 2012 by Isabelle Laïlle and Benoît Lechevallier (carpenter/cabinet maker).  Isabelle and Benoît have rallied local inhabitants, many of whose family members once worked at the mill, to revive the memory of this working environment and an association has been created for this purpose.  The diverse professions of this group have enabled the successful restoration to impeccable working condition of a hydraulic turbine engine fabricated by Ruston & Hornsby (UK), of which only two remain in the world, regulated by a Watt Ball Regulator.

This Watt Ball Regulator monitors the flow of water entering the

Restoration of the 19th century Saint-Gabriel Flour Mill, Saint-Gabriel-Brecy, France

It is interesting to read in Flour Milling, A Theoretical and Practical Handbook of Flour Manufacture by Peter Kozmin (1917) that although flour milling in France during the eighteenth century was superior to other countries, milling techniques and industrial life in France following the French revolution and continental wars were stagnant compared to America and England.  When French industry revived, newer types of Anglo-American flour mills were adopted, many of which were built by English firms.

Kozmin goes on to say that the innovative Frenchman, however, had much to do about the industrial conception and design of their mills:  “But the vivacious and creative mind of the French was not satisfied in the further development of mill building with imitating the English and Americans. French engineers have introduced many original inventions, chiefly in the sphere of transportation, cleaning of grain, and dressing of the product.  In building their mills, they excelled in the beauty of architecture and proportionality of sizes.  One of the greatest inventions of the French of that time is the cleaner and separator, the most indispensable machine of the grain cleaning department. Doubtless the development of milling techniques pushed the question of perfecting the water wheel, adapted then almost exclusively in mills, to the front and it was Fourneyrond who produced the first turbine. This was of no less importance to the development of milling in France than was Watt’s steam engine in England.

After a private tour of all five floors of the Saint Gabriel Flour Mill it is evident that ingenuity, longevity, performance and design were all of part of the package in those days.  From the crushing equipment built with hearty pitch pine and cast iron in the workshops of H. & G. Rose brothers of Poissy, to the wooden plansifters, to the slanted flour shafts running five flours downwards at odd angles and mill machinery, the quality of fabrication “build to last” has insured the future of this mill as an example of industrial patrimony.

For a woodworker, the restoration of machinery made of noble materials to a workable state must be a real pleasure, not to mention the rhythmic sound of the turbine engine which currently provides full hydroelectric power to his home and to the mill’s secondary activity, a charming bed and breakfast.

Moulin de Saint Gabriel, Chambres d’hôte

Benoit Lechevallier showing the turbine engine of Saint Gabriel Mill Restoration of the 19th century Saint-Gabriel Flour Mill, Saint-Gabriel-Brecy, France

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A Garden Party at Brécy Castle

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Garden Party during Patrimony Day 2018 to commemorate Barbara Wirth at Brécy Castle Gardens, Saint Gabriel Brécy, France.

A Garden Party at Brécy Castle

Patrimony Day in France happens once a year and enables curious visitors to see and experience treasures of French patrimony that are not typically open to the public.  This year, I had the pleasure of experiencing several special places dressed for the occasion under beautiful blue sky of mid-September all in one weekend.  The first and foremost is Brécy Castle Gardens, which I had already photographed in 2012 with a large format film camera.

This year, a private invitation was launched to commemorate the fifth year of the passing of Barbara Wirth.  Gardener extraordinaire, she and her husband Didier orchestrated the restoration of the gardens of Brécy from their purchase of the château in 1992.

We learn, in reading the marvelous and freshly published Florilegium of Brécy Garden by Béatrice Saalburg and Catherine Watters, that the key to the elegance of this garden is a striking harmony of “just enough” in Barbara’s selection of plants.  To complement graphically dominant yew, hornbeam and boxwood topiary, of which an intricate parterre de broderie on the ground level sets the stage for the terraces, Barbara added a savvy selection of roses, clematis, hellebore, lily and iris.  She chose the artichoke as a theme for the second terrace, enhanced by two fountains (baskets of artichokes) that she herself designed.  This delicate palette of color and textures is set before an impressive three-tiered original stone terrace and balustrade, the mineral aspect of which is complemented by the surrounding plants.

The garden was perfectly trimmed and the gravel paths carefully raked for this private celebration in honor of Barbara Wirth, strategically held beyond the confines of the internal garden.  Stepping beyond intricate stone pillars and an imposing wrought iron gate, we are sheltered by tall hedges and bell-shaped topiary on a hill that was completely raised and restructured by Didier Wirth.  Looking back from the top of this hill we have a view upon the gardens, château, chapel and fields beyond; a view which is framed by two long hedges and an overhang of beech trees.

If ever there was a visual association to make with the notion of “Fête Champêtre”, or Garden Party, this evening certainly encompassed it not only literally but figuratively.  A beautiful balmy evening, a perfectly groomed garden, large ice buckets full of champagne, home-made appetizers and fireworks at sunset; privileged visitors enjoyed a delicious moment in this dream world, basking in the memory of a passionate gardener and her faithful companion whose four green thumbs made all of this possible.

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Cross-Cultural Fairy Tales, or A Yarn Well-Spun

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Entrance to the Château de Maulmont, Saint-Priest-Bramefant, France.
The wedding couple enjoying their first dance.
The wedding couple enjoying their first dance.

Cross-Cultural Fairy Tales, or A Yarn Well-Spun

One fine Saturday in June the stage was set for a celebration of Love and Life at the historical Château de Maulmont located in the Auvergne region of France.  Having fallen in love with France first, and her husband-to-be second, my girlfriend discovered this quintessentially French hunting lodge not far from her fiancé’s native town of Vichy and planned a fabulous wedding party where their guests could lodge on premises. In a miniature re-enactment of a French Court assembly, she booked the entire château including rooms for family and friends traveling from afar, local friends with small children and couples who would enjoy partaking of a true Château experience.

Entrance to the Château de Maulmont,
Saint-Priest-Bramefant, France
Entrance to the Château de Maulmont, Saint-Priest-Bramefant, France

A little history about this charming location: Originally a Templar’s stronghold in the 13th century built by Renaud de Vichy after returning home from the crusades, the château was acquired by Guillaume de Maulmont in an exchange with Phillipe Le Bel (then King of France).  In 1829 it became the property of Princess Adelaïde Louise d’Orléans, sister of King Louis Philippe d’Orléans, who also owned the royal estate in Randan.  Princess Adelaïde demolished old Templar ruins and commissioned the construction a hunting lodge by the architect Pierre Fontaine (famous for designing the “Galerie des Batailles” in Versailles).  Maulmont was used as a hunting lodge by King Louis Philippe when he came to Randan with the Court.

Guests of the wedding party found themselves on a stunning promontory in a 19th century brick castle with oak molding from ceiling to floor, turrets and an interior courtyard with a panoramic view overlooking hill and dale.  While the civil ceremony was not conducive to introductions and exchange ( are they ever? ), the family-led exchange of vows held under a tent in the château garden and the subsequent two-day celebration presented beautiful opportunities for discovery and connecting.

Wedding Party Chateau de Maulmont, Vichy, France

A curious preference for being backstage, or the desire to be a fly on the wall rather than in the limelight, has propelled me to choose the camera as my visual storytelling tool.  It is a joy to watch a story unfold over time, weaving a complex and profound web of human relations, whether it be through my own children, friends, family or commissioned stories.  Therein lies the challenge; to exercise patience, observation, compassion and engagement in the story being told and with the actors telling it.

Elise Prudhomme photographing in Vichy gingham by Rodolphe Aymard
Elise Prudhomme photographing in Vichy gingham © photo Rodolphe Aymard

In this instance, as one of the actors myself, I was not expected to witness the event as a photographer.  Temptation was too strong, however, and I soon began to gather a collection of images “behind the scenes”.  While the official photographer photographed the bride and groom, I photographed the mingling of the groom’s childhood friends from Vichy with the bride’s childhood friends from Ohio, the bride’s friends from America meeting her Parisian friends, friends from Ohio found friends from Chicago and Seattle… worlds collided, spun together by the bride and groom’s spinning wheel.

In fine cross-cultural fairy tale tradition, a beautiful fair American fell in love with a handsome dark Frenchman, owner of the apartment that she was renting during a year-long photography course in Paris.  A year passed by and the photography class ended, to be replaced by a seven-year relationship that was celebrated one memorable day in June.  Family history in the making, photographs for the taking.

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.

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.

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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


Elise Prudhomme exhibits at Studio Galerie B&B during Mois de la Photo OFF 2017.

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

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


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

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


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

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

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


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

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

Architecture, Blog article

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


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


American Gothic Revisited, Pennsylvania, USA. (series Modern Times) 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


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

Commissions, Portraits, Studio shoot

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

Commissions, Events coverage, Portraits, Studio shoot

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!