Still photography, still lives, still summer…


Say what you will, the countryside is still. So still that sometimes I feel for its pulse. It’s August and it’s quiet….that is if you’re not beside the seaside where la toute France has gone on holiday. It feels like we are some the children who were left to remain at boarding school, after all the other excited pupils had left for the railway station in coaches or sped off home in their parents’ car, for all, or part of the summer holidays, because their parents lived abroad or weren’t available for child nurturing. I remember some of their faces as we lucky ones cheerfully waved them goodbye : already stoics by the age of 8, and undoubtedly bound for great things in that myriad of professions where sentiment is not to be encouraged.


There is an absence of movement throughout. Naturally, the basics of life continue, but they are reduced and seemingly hidden. Landscape becomes still life and life becomes still.

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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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67 Responses to Still photography, still lives, still summer…

  1. sophie says:

    Beautiful stillness!

  2. What a beautiful post! I just spent a week feeling the same way about my environment- I left the South for the cooler climes of the Auvergne, and opted out of technology and busy life for a week. It was heaven!

  3. Mad Dog says:

    Time to sit by the pool and sip pastis or rosΓ© πŸ˜‰

  4. I feel that here up our mountain. All I can hear right now are the cicadas…even the nearby donkey is too hot and tired to make a sound! Stunning photos – love what you did with them.

  5. What a wonderful place! I often wonder why some people bother to have children if they are too busy to pick them up from school!

  6. margber says:

    Absolutely beautiful. Enjoying your blog very much!!

  7. Those yellow and gold tones are fantastic. I would absolutely buy the middle as a framed photo, if I ever had the money. It would work with the colors in the master bedroom.

  8. We must be on the same wavelength, Roger, though I must flee my home to go someplace where I can stand to be outside on an August day. πŸ™‚ I’ll echo Nate. That last photo is just spectacular.

  9. Love the photos!!!! Well, we will be heading back to the ‘country’ this Saturday. A bit bigger than your area, 800 inhabitants, but still……
    I will be off the internet for a while. It is harder to get AT&T to give us new service than it is to buy a new car!

  10. ChgoJohn says:

    There truly is a stillness in the country. I don’t “feel” it much these days. I’m not there long enough but when Mom was ill, I spent extended periods in Michigan. Only then did I see and feel it, that sense of peace. The photos in this post are really quite beautiful, Roger, and the perfect match for your words.

  11. angela says:

    it is as if Van Gogh has come to life via digital Kodachrome – beautiful compositions ~

  12. Living in a seaside village I envy you the peace and quiet of summer πŸ™‚

  13. Beautiful country side, I can feel the stillness. The first one shot @ late afternoon and the second one midday?

  14. the hues are just fabulous in these pictures and truly do show us the stillness of summer. Wouldn’t these make fabulous oil paintings?

  15. Spectacular photos! I can feel the midday heat and hear the quiet; even the bees in “the bee-loud glade” are quiet.

  16. Breathtaking. The greens and reds against the cottage are unbeatable. Wow πŸ™‚

  17. Just think: with everyone gone to the seaside, you and yours alone get to bask in all those glowing colors.

  18. I am drooling unbecomingly, and it’s not even one of your food posts.

  19. I like that word “stillness”. I did feel that in Sonoma. I keep dreaming of it ever since I returned to the city.

  20. Gorgeous. Is that your house? If so, you are indeed the lucky one.

  21. Fantastic. And yes, “myriad of professions where sentiment is not to be encouraged” — we should encourage more kids to become artists.

  22. I would have brought those little ones home with me:) If you keep very still.. you might hear your garden growing.. it looks quite lovely!!

  23. Sounds like a lovely “staycation”. I enjoy staying put when everyone else gets the heck out of dodge.

  24. Michelle says:

    Just gorgeous, Roger. Once again, you’ve captured summer.

  25. Karen says:

    Lovely photos, Roger, as only you can do them. πŸ™‚

  26. amartishkaur says:

    beautiful pictures i really love them….. πŸ™‚

  27. mrsgillies says:

    What a beautiful house!

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