• 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 )
  • Photo of the Week - February 14, 2014

    By Rachael Woodson

    This week's photo gives a glimpse inside Marseille's biggest flea market, le marché des puces. There is a diverse selection of markets to be found in the second largest city of France, including a famous fish market on the Vieux-Port each morning, the Marché des capucins with it's stalls of spices, herbs and exotic fruits, a farmers' market held each Wednesday in the Cours Julien and a used book market every other Saturday.

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

    By Rachael Woodson

    L'Amour - the name of the water-spurting lips photographed here that is one of sixteen sculptures that make up the Stravinsky Fountain. Inspired by Russian composer Igor Stravinsky's major works, the public fountain was created in 1983 by sculptors Jean Tinguely and Niki de Saint Phalle. Its 580 square meters are situated in the 4th arrondissement between the Centre Pompidou and the Église Saint-Merri, and are built over part of the IRCAM, the Institut de recherche et coordination acoustique/musique. The sculptures in the fountain were notably inspired by Stravinsky's avant-garde ballet The Rite of Spring.

    Last Updated ( Friday, 07 February 2014 )
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