William Kentridge, as you perhaps know, is one of South Africa’s foremost artists, and his spectacular exhibition of sculptures and artefacts at the no less spectacular Norval art museum in Cape Town is simply not to be missed. These images, in black and white, are less about representation of Kentridge’s works than a form of […]
The River Rance flows in a wide, shallow loop around the village of Plaisance, as if the village were a head asleep in the crook of an arm. We went down to the river, one afternoon; the day had been hot and Tom and Gabriel were in in a flash. Stones, fish, and deep tranquil […]
The 12th century L’Eglise Romane St Martin dominates not only the small village of Plaisance in Aveyron but the surrounding valleys. No matter from where you approach the village, it seems, there is the squat Norman tower atop its hillside, holding dominion. We visited on a bright, sunny day – blue skies, green hillsides – […]
Cathedral or fortress? Albi Cathedral – or as it is also known, the Cathedrale Saint Cecile, or the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Cecilia – is both of these. The largest brick building in the world, the smooth pinkish exterior is monolithic, forbidding, rising sheer in an impregnable mass from the streets of Albi. But step […]
Aveyron is Rocquefort country, the country where Lacaune sheep crowd together, grazing, on the steepest of green-clad hillsides. We saw these in the valley far below, from the road out of Plaisance, as we made our way to the plateau above en route to Albi. As you will see, I have processed one of these […]
This vintage Citroen was parked outside a studio, on the road leading into Ambialet.
We walked across the bridge, at Ambialet, another of those beautiful little villages in Aveyron, France, to have lunch with the Thompson’s. The weather was hot, the sunlight was blinding, and in the river Tarn, below, these women were bathing. Click on the image to enlarge
These images of Madikwe giraffe are a digression, I know, from our travels through France – and after France, there is still Istanbul to process and show – but when you are travelling light, digressions are allowed, if not in fact the real pleasure of the trip. So we will return to France, I promise, […]