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Plastic Fantastic…or how to see the world a little differently!

Plastic Fantastic…or how to see the world a little differently!

This is fun! Taking photos not through glass but through plastic. Years ago, I photographed a table of diners in a Menton restaurant through the plastic protection of a restaurant terrace and was surprised (pleasantly surprised) at the distortion this gives to the image. Often, the eye doesn’t see it at the time of taking the photo but once home, and on the computer, it can have the feel of an impressionist painting. And it is just one click. It’s important though to focus ‘through’ the plastic and onto a person or object and not on the plastic itself.
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New Year in a French village

New Year in a French village

When I was young, really young, New Year’s Eve was a big deal. Major dressing up to impress the boyfriend of the day and then, at midnight, would he kiss me first? How important it was that I got the first kiss of the year and if I didn’t – well it seemed the end of the world had arrived. Since living in France, sometimes I celebrate with a few friends or stay at home with my dogs – which suits me fine. That way at least, I know I’ll get my midnight kiss, so long as I stay awake, that is. This year though, I went up to the village to celebrate in the bar, so come and re-live with me a fabulous New Year’s Eve – or Reveillon, as it’s called in French.
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Gorbio – My Village, My Family…

Gorbio – My Village, My Family…

It’s been 26 years since I moved from Australia, where I lived for 6 years, to the south of France.  First a year in the Pyrenées Orientales, which is in the south-west of France, and then 7 years in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, near to Monaco.  Eventually,  19 years ago I was lucky enough to find a house in Gorbio.  Gorbio is a medieval hill village above Menton.   I live just below the village – not far, as the crow flies but two and half kilometres by car as it’s a long and winding road but it’s only a 10 minute walk up the ancient and steep donkey track which was once the only access to the village. As I don’t have a donkey (now there’s a thought!) I normally drive.
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Love and Father Christmas…

Love and Father Christmas…

Wishing you a Merry Christmas Day filled with love and good things amongst family and friends and your beloved animals, of course! Thank you so much for your love and comments throughout the year on this blog, on Facebook and on Instagram – it has meant SO much to me. With all the fear and negativity in the world, one of the things we can do is love our family, friends and animals and be loved back. So have a wonderful day today. This is little ‘Indy’ posing for you. I rather think she wants it over and done with so she can get back to her sunbathing.

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In Search of Sepia…

In Search of Sepia…

It’s not that I particularly like sepia – in fact, give me good ol’ black and white anytime. Or colour. But I belong to a small group of very sympa photographers and friends who get together in Menton and the surrounding villages to  recreate the past in images of life as it was once lived. At the moment, we are ‘in the 1920s’ when sepia was still in use. In film photography, it was a chemical process carried out on silver-based photographic prints and had the advantage of being more resistant to the degradation of time. However, during the first decades of the 20th century this type of printing was being used less and less and by the 1930s had ended.
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