Going under

Flooded beach on a cold winter morning, Loire river near Orléans, France.

Flooded beach on a cold winter morning, Loire river near Orléans, France.

During last Sunday’s morning stroll, I found this scene which, I think, is graphically quite interesting. The light was beautiful, the winter-sun was quite low and shining through some branches behind me which created some interesting patterns. A long exposure of about 20 seconds was used to create the “silky water” look. Not much post-processing was done on this one, it looked very good straight out of the camera. I only removed some spots, desaturated the image and brightened up the top half.



“Streetlife” – Sleepwalking

From “Streetlife”

Project by Nasser Martin-Gousset

The story line of this musical comedy takes place in contemporary Orleans and in places of everyday movement – a square, a courtyard, a parking lot or a street.
Without losing site of the storybook aspect of this musical fable, the comedy remains anchored in reality, as do the characters and situations.
The project is built on pre-existing French songs, labelled “realist”, from the 1930s, 40s and 50s, as well as popular and international songs from the 60s, 70s and 80s. They are transformed and adapted to tell a story.
Together with the participants, we created movement and text based on improvisations and given situations related to the concept of behaviour in the public space that is the street, exploring encounters, rendezvous, good-byes and reunions.
Nasser Martin-Gousset.




black and white split-toned photo of Taraxacum Officinale (common dandelion)

Taraxacum Officinale

This weekend I got a new lens. First thing you do when you get something like that is check if everything is functioning and take some test pictures. That’s exactly what I did: first I took some pictures of my girlfriend, then some flowers, a Japanese statuette and finally, this morning, some dandelions in my garden. The usual stuff…

I uploaded the results to my computer to do some pixel-peeping. The quality of the photos was very nice and, just for fun, I decided to do some post processing on this very ordinary dandelion picture. It turned out as a black and white picture, but not in my usual style. Usually I use a small aperture to get as much depth of field as possible, but here I used a larger aperture so only a very small “slice” of the flower is in focus. The purpose was to check if the lens focuses properly. Well, it does, and what’s more: I quite like the result. It reminds me of the work of the pictorialists at the end of the 19th and start of the 20th century.

Pictorialism is the name given to an international style and aesthetic movement that dominated photography during the later 19th and early 20th centuries. There is no standard definition of the term, but in general it refers to a style in which the photographer has somehow manipulated what would otherwise be a straightforward photograph as a means of “creating” an image rather than simply recording it. Typically, a pictorial photograph appears to lack a sharp focus (some more so than others), is printed in one or more colors other than black-and-white (ranging from warm brown to deep blue) and may have visible brush strokes or other manipulation of the surface. For the pictorialist, a photograph, like a painting, drawing or engraving, was a way of projecting an emotional intent into the viewer’s realm of imagination. (From Wikipedia: pictorialism)