I’d like to thank Stuck in Plastic for inviting me to write this post about “Fitness”. When I was reviewing the 52 words for the Stuck in Plastic challenge, the word “Fitness” stood out to me right away.
Fitness and Gymnastics
What is it about the word “Fitness” that inspires me? It’s the idea of movement and capturing movement. I spent over 20 years doing gymnastics when I was younger. Gymnastics is a difficult sport that requires strength, flexibility, and speed. In those years, “Fitness” meant preparing your body to be able to do complicated and dangerous skills. Continue reading “Fitness”
Confidence… I am looking at a blank page with the word “Confidence” written in capital letters in a corner. And nothing comes to mind.
That was me a few days ago starting to think about this week’s picture: “confidence”. “Creativity” seemed easier to me and with the rules I set myself for this project (more on that later in another blog post), I had difficulties to find a proper idea. Looking at the whole list, I know that I will get this blank feeling again in the next weeks.
To tell you the truth, it was difficult to write this blog post. It was a struggle for me to select a word for the 12th month of the year.
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I like order and for me, every story has a beginning, a middle/development and an ending. I don’t like endings. It means that everything stops afterwards and I hate that. When I read a book that I enjoy, I always take a break before reading the last chapter. I don’t like endings. So, the more I was writing this blog post, the more depressing it was getting.
When Boris asked us to write, this month, an article about numbers, I was a bit puzzled.
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There are so many numbers I could talk about, like the 3,098 Lego minifigures that I own (according to Brickset), the four spacemen that I use in my exploration series, the number 42 because of “H2G2” (of course), my #100_Shadows series or even the number 142,857 a number that fascinates me because of its mathematical properties. But none of those numbers are special or personal enough.
So, I decided to tell you a little story about me and my number (2,786).
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A year ago, I had the opportunity to spend some time at sea on a vessel. Not the small boats that are used for leisure, neither the big cruise ship. It was a work vessel and I was onboard for work. That was a very unique experience that I really enjoyed. Continue reading “2,786 m under the sea”
I have just spent 12 hours in a metal can to fly across the globe.
It’s Thursday afternoon and I have landed at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport after a long trip back from Kobe, Japan. I was there during 2 days, for work.
My job demands me to travel a lot (in France and internationally). And, at the same time, I like my job and I like to travel, so when I am not at the office, I am happy.
I have been to the US, to several countries in Europe and to more “exotic” places such as Brazil, Australia, Taiwan, Laos, Tanzania, Indonesia, Kazakhstan and now, Japan.
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Traveling to faraway destinations, exploring the unknown. Discovering new environments, new light, new sounds, and trying to catch the moment. The world as our studio.
Some of us shoot mainly in the studio and like to recreate the magic on a blank canvas from the ground up, controlling all the variables, building the scene one strobe at the time. Others like to shoot on location and have the world as their backdrop.
Shooting on location always has that little extra, that unique moment, that imperfection and uniqueness that the studio does not have. A variable that cannot be controlled. A variable that influences by design the actual shoot. A fleeting moment, you can capture only then and there.
You can do some location scouting, you can do some research and pack your gear (and toys) for the unknown, and yet, the unexpected will happen.
Why do we do projects? Why do we start photographic projects? Why do we launch ourselves in the daunting task of taking pictures on a regular basis or with particular constraints?
It’s intimidating, stressful and exhausting. So why do we do it?
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Woody and Jessie are taking their objectives seriously this year.
When we launched the first word reflections and made the connection with objectives, an image of Woody doing something with optic glass entered my mind. Words do that to me, they make me jump from one word to the other on to a different meaning and then sometimes there is that one image, linked to a word. An association made, an image that must be shot. I am sure that some of you will recognize the feeling. Continue reading “Objectives”