Pump up the contrast..

My journeys around our little corner of France reveal that progress has been slow and hard won, although I’m not sure if won is the apposite word. Improvement is often not in the gift of winning. Winning can equally mean  progress and betterment or a shoreline littered with the dead and dying. Progress is the birthright of the young and  the contentious debating point of the passing generations. That said, I think that I like the old tractor as much as the wind turbines. The young viniculteur, on whose land are situated these magnificent aerodynamic triffids, was a moving force in their arrival as they benefit the electric supply to his modern “chais”. The old tractor is being driven by an ageing relative who is the only other person to work the vineyard apart from the viniculteur and his wife. Both old and new seem to be functioning in harmony. The wind turbines will be as normal as trees to the new born of the area and the old tractor will be of some interest, and maybe of some use, but the children of the wind turbines will be the grumbling doubters of the technology of 50 years hence.


About Food,Photography & France

Photographer and film maker living in France. After a long career in London, my wife and I have settled in the Vendee, where we run residential digital photography courses with a strong gastronomic flavour.
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21 Responses to Pump up the contrast..

  1. Wonderful images…
    Except for the language, that garage could be in any small town in the US

  2. I love this comparison, Roger. The old and the new: it’s a topic which is very apposite right now in my life. I feel like the old tractor 😀

  3. ChgoJohn says:

    Excellent shot, Roger, and how lucky to be there as the tractor drove down the lane! Those haphazard patches of grass sure look green!

  4. Michelle says:

    Gorgeous photos both. Yeah, one day the French kids may ask why the hell all those wind turbines were put up. But perhaps American kids will ask why the hell they weren’t.

  5. Kammie says:

    Beautiful photos!

  6. a. m. f. says:

    what a fabulous photo…I think turbines are rather poetic. In my part of the states, there are two major wind farms that can be see from our interstate system…it is absolutely beautiful (in my eyes) on a blue day with white clouds rolling ~

  7. I enjoy your top photo alot. Whilst there is debate over the wind turbines and who they really benefit, they create drama in your photo. Not that the tractor wasn’t dramatic enough 😉
    I’m a fan of buildings like the Garage Moderne – it does have that European look, with the yellow framed window-door and the smallish garage roller. Everything in America is on the larger end of the scale….

  8. I like seeing the rural parts of France that you photograph. It takes me out of the first impression of Paris and throws me into a more earthy mindset. Which seems appropriate since I’m taking a course on Regency England and discussions about the French Revolution are prevalent.

  9. alex says:

    thank you for a lovely bit of pictorial tourism.

  10. spree says:

    Love that top image with its juxtaposed implements of an age. (I get all weak in the knees over old tractors anyway, but do love how these two joined for the same lovely image.)

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