Fathers & Sons

Normandy, France August 2020.

Originally I shot the image for the reflections in the sand. Having processed the picture, not only have I captured the two men and the two little boys, the composition of the image is also most near perfect with the water running out across the sand out to the sea.

I’m pretty certain these are all members of the same family as further up the beach was mother and grandmother, in what was a glorious summers day at Lion sur Mer seafront.

Leica M4-2, Summicron 35mm f/2 ASPH and taken on Kodak Tri-X, rated at 800.

Medieval market

Saint Pierre Sur Dives – August 2020

This structure is the inside view of the 11th century market hall in the town which unfortunately was completely destroyed by fire during the battle for the town in 1944. Although the wonderful building was lovely reproduced after the war the timbers are clearly cut with modern tools unlike the original medieval beams. The building is still used to this day for food, livestock and antiques markets every Monday and first Sunday of the month. Well worth a visit if your in the Normandy area.

Taken on my Leica M4-2, Summicron 35mm f/2 ASPH and taken on Ilford HP5, rated at 800.

The outside of the 11th-century market hall taken on my phone.

Further reading and images; https://www.normandythenandnow.com/the-wooden-phoenix-of-saint-pierre-sur-dives/

Thoughts

I love this picture, it has so much within it, her mobile phone she is texting on, her face staring into space as she pulses between sentences and the glasses at the bottom of her nose over the face mask. I took this shot by the same vintage carousel in my image ‘Merry go round‘ Honfleur, France.

Leica M4-2, Summicron 35mm f/2 ASPH and taken on Kodak Tri-X, rated at 800.

Brasserie

This image I was drawn to mainly because of the chairs in the hash sunlight as well as the couple enjoying their conversion. Taken in Bayeux, France on a another very hot August day, this picture just works for me not only because of it’s simplicity but also normally this area would be packed with tourists at this time of year.

Leica M4-2, Summicron 35mm f/2 ASPH and taken on Kodak Tri-X, rated at 800.

Boys & Girls

Honfleur, France August 2020.

Street image of tourists and cyclists on Rue Haute, Honfleur Normandy. Two men on bikes with the girls walking the opposite direction made for a perfect shot.


Leica M4-2, Summicron 35mm f/2 ASPH and taken on Kodak Tri-X, rated at 800.

Hiding

Vimoutiers, France. August 2020

Taken on a very dull morning this image is a bit grainy but it I think it works. This shy little boy was standing in front of his mother while she was talking on the street outside this cafe. Sitting at a table opposite while drinking a morning tea, waiting for a possible shot, the moment came when peered under his mothers hand for me.

Leica M4-2, Summicron 35mm f/2 ASPH and taken on Ilford HP5 plus, rated at 800.

Postcard from Honfleur

I took this shot of Honfleur harbour purely for my own use as a desktop wallpaper for the computer, then decided to share with all of you because my wife and I love Honfleur, but not only that to show the harbour town houses which as you see are very tall.

In some case seven stories high townhouses, many of these buildings are very old dating anything from the 16th to 18th century and is a tourist hot spot in the summer. The streets and harbour front are lined with café and restaurants with other street hiding hidden gems like Saint-Catherine’s Church which dated from the 15th century.

If you are find yourself visiting Normandy, Honfleur is a must for a photographers for harbour views, scenes and street photography.

There’s even a very large ferris wheel which my Mrs just had to have a ride on and no you wouldn’t get me on it …I cannot stand heights!

All images taken with my Leica M3, Summicron 50mm f/2 and Summicron 35mm f/2 lenses on Agfa Vista 200 colour film.

The Web

As they use to say in Monty Python “And Now for Something Completely Different

This window is in the garage of the house in Saint Germain de Montgommery, France that we stay at for ours holidays. Before I’d seen this shot but because of a large shrub the sunlight didn’t come though so it was always in shadow. However, we have a new gardener and he has taken this bush down so allowing sunlight to come though this window now. The frosted glass of the window just adds to the spooky effect.

Leica M4-2, Summicron 50mm f/2 and taken on Kodak Tri-X, rated at 800.

Look outside

Le cafe du Port, Honfleur France. I took this picture because of the gentlemen on the right, he kept glancing outside the window. Whether he was waiting for someone either that he seen something I don’t know but it made for a great street shot all the same.


Leica M4-2, Summicron 35mm f/2 ASPH and taken on Kodak Tri-X, rated at 800.

Innocents

Bar De Normandie, Vimoutiers France. The wife and I were having a drink at this café when I noticed I was being watched by this very cute little girl. Capturing a moment like this image makes photography such a wonderful pastime.


Leica M4-2, Summicron 35mm f/2 ASPH and taken on Kodak Tri-X, rated at 800.