Animals learn by imitation and so it goes for our species – children copy their parents. Roddy and I are never without a camera, and gradually it seems to be that neither are our children, and the way they are documenting their lives is fascinating. Along with iPhones and iPads, they are also using proper cameras, both their own and ours, and as a result I thought today I’d share with you how they see France through their eyes. All of the photos here are theirs, reflecting what they see and think. Here Gigi recently happened to be in Paris, lucky girl!
Our tribe of five run from ten to twenty years old, I asked each of them to forward me copies of some of their favourite photos and they were very excited to help. “We’re going to be featured on the blog!” was a typical reply, and truly you would think their work was heading for the Tate Gallery, they were so happy! Most of these photos are simple snapshots from phones – no special fancy lenses – but every subject is from ‘our’ France, and from all around the country. So grab a coffee or glass of wine (depending on the time of day) and sit back and enjoy – remember that it is YOU and your interest in the blog that has helped foster their interest in photography, and by default, appreciation for their surroundings. I am so so grateful that the blog has created this situation, and if you have a few moments to offer them some words of encouragement at the end, they will love you forever!
No journey is ever dull if one looks around.
Slowing down on this country road, Gigi opened her window and snapped what she saw in the wing mirror, this is looking backwards at the road we had just travelled.
Watching our baby chicks is a fabulous way to waste a considerable amount of time. At five days old they have already learnt so much from following their mother’s lead; never far from her side.
All our children love taking photos, in many ways they have gained their inspiration from this blog and that’s thanks to you, to every single person who is reading this now. If you didn’t read and follow, I wouldn’t write, and then I wouldn’t be forever taking photos. The children follow my lead. They notice things around them that, like me, perhaps they would have taken for granted before. They have become very visually aware.
Spring flowers in Morlaix, Brittany, during Millie’s trip there whilst sailing last year.
The evening sun captured by Jack
and April showers
bring forth an abundant flush of spring flowers.
Boats, harbours and beaches, in fact anything coastal related naturally features heavily in all of their photo albums!
As well as lazy days lying on the grass and evening walks.
Back up to Morlaix in Brittany by Millie on a rainy day
and then on to the Île d’Yeu just off the Vendée coast in western France.
And of course they had to include animals and insects! Hetty’s photo of Clara, one of our cats, is an all time favourite of mine!
When Izzi is home from University she loves wandering the local streets of Rochefort
and everyone loves taking photos of home cooked, home grown or locally gathered food.
Being an art student, Izzi has a fascination for signs.
It really doesn’t matter what peeks one’s interest, for we are all different of course; we all see things in our own unique way, and what fascinates one may bore another. When one photo may delight the photographer, another observer may find it dull. For me however, my journey into photography is all about noticing things and not taking anything for granted. If a simple phone-camera can make a car journey, long or short, interesting; or if the passenger looks around, chatters, snaps away and asks me to slow down or pull over, then surely that is time so much better spent than simply ignoring everything with eyes glued to a mobile screen until a destination is reached. Even when in a heavy traffic jam, there’s always something to look at, and if that something just happens to be the Arc de Triomphe (lucky Gigi), then so much the better!
Some photos have been taken through glass, windows or otherwise – but you may have noticed!