Time ravages that which has lost its use. That slow corruption is felt most keenly by the vain. Vanity is not a characteristic of nature or the inanimate which allows us to marvel at their slow disintegration.
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.
They do like a good crumble in France. My French friend Cécile, says her grandmother doesn’t like the English moving into her village, but she does like the way that they renovate the houses 😉
The other side of the crumbling old farm buildings are the two houses that we renovated in this lovely hamlet…by the way, we only live in one: the smallest of the two…had to sell the bigger one:)
Photographically I love old farm buildings – that one reminded me of Withnail going on holiday by mistake.
I was looking at a place (online) for sale in Spain yesterday, which costs lees than a London parking space and comes with 30 acres. I think the land might be terraced and best for vines or olives and the dilapidated house has a barn below it. I’m uncertain about water and electricity but a cow might keep it warm!
Have you read “Driving over Lemons” ….http://www.amazon.fr/Driving-Over-Lemons-Optimist-Andalucia/dp/095600380X …..sounds like the place this guy bought..and then sensibly wrote a best seller about doing it! I saw a documentary about him, Chris Stewart ( a founding member of Genesis) who came over a very nice guy.
I think I saw the documentary – I found it quite inspirational.
I thought you might have seen it…the book is worth a read too..
Just reminding me about it made me want to buy the book – thanks 🙂
Just what I needed during my crumbling convalescence. Lovely film, haunting peaceful song – thanks. Jackie
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Many thanks to you as well. Glad you liked it and are beginning to get back to your old self…yesterday afternoon’s performance must have helped:)
Beautifully done renovations. Who sings the lovely soundtrack?
It’s a French guy called Leo Ferré…
I love a good French crumble!
I live in one:)
A pretty and haunting montage of your pictures, Roger.
They’re pictures of one side of the little hamlet in which we live…
Beautiful – can reate so much to this!
I thought you would…the same is happening all over Spain. There were 4 working farms here when we arrived 15 years ago…now there is one.
Such a shame but there’s not enough work or money for the younger folk (at least that’s the case in Andalucía ) so the villages are becoming ghost towns as they go to the cities or overseas to find jobs.
The kids just don’t want to be farmers and I don’t think that their parents want them to be farmers either. It’s so hard for small farms unless they have some specialty…and they are treated so appallingly by the supermarkets.
It’s so very true, and such a shame. I was saddened by the Hugh F-W programme recently about waste and how the farmers here are treated by the supermarkets.
I missed it, but there’s been a lot on the subject on R4 Food Programmes…
I really enjoyed Driving Over Lemons, also A Year in Provence. I love photographing things that are deteriorating or desiccated (two c’s 🙂 Favourite topics for still life photos are dried/dead flowers and seed pods, bark and all kinds of things thought to be passed their usefulness. They are beautiful. Lovely, dreamy film Roger.
Thanks….you’d find plenty of subject matter here:)
Damn it, Roger, now you have made me cry ’cause I understand only too well . . . . your film compilation actually comes across as much stronger than your usually brilliant photos . . . . and it is Leo Ferre helping you set the mood milord, is it not . . . . as Tanya says . . . relate . . .
It is indeed Leo Ferré…there’s something about the sound of French chansonniers/boulevardiers that truly resonates with me…..and with where we live.
Surprisingly moving post, Roger. I mean, I do find it moving to see Time overtake what were once productive and cherished farms and homes. But I came here thinking I’d see a photo of a wonderful fruity confection.
Fooled you, John…..I knew I’d have to draw people in with the promise of something good to eat:)
Gorgeous. Sad. All of that.
I guess there’s a lot of it around you too….and some pretty good music
Lovely short film, love the song and the voice
Many thanks, Cornelia…glad you enjoyed it:)
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