Soaking up the beauty around me on this warm early morning in late, late August has me desperately trying to suppress the emotions of clinging on, of eking out the pleasure, of denying the ineluctability of time ; childhood’s last strawberry on the plate, adolescence’s tearful refusal to admit it’s over, old age’s tottering optimism. Blinkered, content in our chosen place, I am enjoying the coda of a wonderful summer. Photography is my memory and, as I have tended only to take pictures of things and events that have made me happy, my memories are good. Over the years I have lost, through carelessness and foolishness, the majority of the body of work that I produced as a professional photographer….which is why the pictures that remain are full of joy and devoid of any purpose other than to give me, and those who share them with me, pleasure.
Early September in France….crowds gone…time for a peaceful holiday…one that involves spending time in a lovely corner of France where you’ll not only eat excellent food and drink good wine whilst learning a bit about food photography….or about taking any sort of pictures and making them look good….but also get the chance to see some of this quiet and little known corner of France….and eat in some of its excellent restaurants.
I’ll be teaching on this Vendée Holidays photography course running from 12-16 September this year…. check out their site on: https://vendeeholiday.co.uk/photography/ for details and booking forms.
From the 12-16 September 2016, I’ll be hosting a food photography course, run by Vendée Holidays.UK, at a beautiful old house deep in the heart of the Marais in the Sud Vendée of West France. The area is a treasure trove of wonderful produce boasting both Parthenais and Charolais beef, fish and seafood from the Vendée coast and islands, vegetables from the fertile farms of the local Maraichers and superb local butter, cream and eggs ( from black Chalonais hens). Much of the cooking will be done in the summer kitchen in and on a wood fired oven and a plancha, which offers a wonderful opportunity to photograph the drama of open fire cooking. The huge open sided barn, which houses the kitchen, performs as a the most desirable daylight studio imaginable, not only for the quality of light but also for the liberal amount of space which is perfect for group lessons and practical photography. Check out the details on: