Curtain twitching……

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The advent of 2019 demands greater optimism than any previous year in my lifetime yet optimistic I am. The winter sun is shining through the rideaux, those thin cotton curtains that bring a genteel privacy to each dwelling in la France profonde. The fact that there is little chance of anyone passing the window, let alone looking in through it, is irrelevant. They serve as a tiny barrier between the two worlds of inside and outside; as though the  house was garbed in a domestic burqua. Those on the inside can clearly see out whilst remaining unseen themselves. The soft focus vision of a farmer standing calmly having a piss directly in front of one’s window is not unusual; the opaque face of the burqua clad windows offer no suggestion of an offended face looking outwards and, if there is a face looking outwards, that face will only be offended if it’s attached to someone who has not lived here long. All of nature’s private functions are on show here, from the creation of life to the bitter end of it and all stations in between. This is a place where I am happy to face 2019 and from where I wish you all a happy and peaceful new year.

The picture “Rideau” will be available, 02 January 2019, as a signed giclée print on Hahnemuhle paper, from the French Print House –

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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15 Responses to Curtain twitching……

  1. Sue says:

    And I wish you a Happy New Year, and may 2019 be healthy and creative!

  2. What a lovely thought to start the new year. Thank you Roger, and may the year be good to you and Jenny. — James

  3. Mad Dog says:

    Happy New Year Roger.

  4. Ardys says:

    What enjoyable thoughts about the burqua of la France profonde. I often take photos of the light little curtains at windows in places we travel–they are so charming, and now you have added further depth to my thoughts about them. Very best wishes to you, we shall advance together with our attempts to be optimistic in 2019.

  5. Eha says:

    Being European-born and sauna-bred your writing is pure delight and so comfortable with my own manners and mores . . . love the window in more ways than one . . . bestest Roger to your wife and yourself . . . and Molly of course . . .

  6. Wishing you a healthy New Year, dear Roger, may it be filled with Joy and Happiness.

  7. Nadine says:

    Great little piece of writing. Loved that.

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