Magda Indigo photography

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HOME AGAIN...
ON THE FERRY HOME…
THE START of our adventures in FRANCE...
LA PLAGE… Bray-Dunes
VIEW SOUTH… Bray-Dunes
CALAIS
ON NORMANDY BEACH.... D-DAY, JUNE 6...
BRETAGNE PLAGE…
Ètretat, by night... La Falaise d'Amont
AND ANOTHER ASPECT of THE SEA... ÉTRETAT, NORMAND
HONFLEUR…
HONFLEUR REFLECTIONS ...
QUATORZE JUILLET, VIVE LA FRANCE!
JEFF de BRUGES…
LITTLE SYMPHONY in BLUE…
UNE CHAUMIERE DE KERASCOET...
CHAUMIERES...
Windows of a chaumière...
LA CHAPELLERIE…
HONFLEUR, L'AMOUR-TOUJOURS...
HONFLEUR, CON TE PARTIRO, time to say Good Bye...
THE WORK of Bruno CATALANO...
Côte-de-Grâce, window...
DAY 2 of OUR ADVENTURES IN FRANCE. Côte-de-Grâce CANDLES...
DAY 2 of OUR ADVENTURES IN FRANCE. Côte-de-Grâce WINDOW and BOAT...
THE EMPTY CHAIRS... and the deep shadows...
A Pont-l'Évêque CHEESE... from Pont-l'Évêque
La Côte Fleurie...
LE MONT St MICHEL...
Mont-St-Michel, La Gendarmerie et La Tour Gabriel...
LE MONT St MICHEL...2
MONT ST MICHEL, ARCHITECTURE and THE SPIRE...
MONT ST MICHEL, DETAILS.
MONT ST MICHEL, another DETAIL.
MONT ST MICHEL- THE HOOK...
MONT ST MICHEL- THE ROPE...
1 HOUR IN THE LIFE OF A PHOTOGRAPHER. Breaking the Silence, solving the 'riddle of the rope'
1 HOUR IN THE LIFE OF A PHOTOGRAPHER. Breaking the Silence, solving the 'riddle of the rope'... SONN
1 HOUR IN THE LIFE OF A PHOTOGRAPHER. In solemn Silence now...
On the MONT ST MICHEL. In Silence...
In Silence, the preparation...
In Silence, A MOMENT OF QUIET REFLECTION...
In The Solemn Silence of Prayer...
In Silent contemplation, the older monk...
In Silence , the 'gold light'...
Incense in the sun-rays…
RAYS of LIGHT? THE WINDOWS.
LIGHT AND DARKNESS…
DETAIL of UNE CHAUMIÈRE DE KERASCOËT...
WINDOW of UNE CHAUMIÈRE DE KERASCOËT...
TWO WINDOWS of UNE CHAUMIÈRE DE KERASCOËT...
CHAUMIÈRES DE KERASCOËT...
ON NORMANDY BEACH.... D-DAY, JUNE 6...

HOME AGAIN...

Had a beautiful week, with beautiful people, the images will speak for themselves in the coming weeks! Replenished and recharged with all things good! Hope you are all well and also had a good week? This was the moment we embarked last night, the 2hr crossing from Dunkirk to Dover, and after that, our 7hr drive home, through the night! LOL Thank you, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS : www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

ON THE FERRY HOME…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 Day 16 Our last day… some shopping for Belgian delicacies and we set off, from Ostend to Dunkirk, where we take the evening Ferry to Dover. A relaxing 2 hours, where we have a meal and then stand on deck, seeing the Continent disappear and the Whitecliffs off Dover ever coming closer. This is in the Port of Dunkirk, another ferry, nice light, promising for some more photography? Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THE START of our adventures in FRANCE...

MY IMAGES ARE FOR SALE ONLY FROM ME, DIRECTLY, see below! 1. We have our basis in Flanders, the ‘FLAT COUNTRY’ when we go to visit the Continent… Mostly we stay for 8/10 days. It is a mad rush from family to friends… doing our lovely round, it is NEVER enough, so that Summer we decided on 18 days, and the promise that we would have not just a ‘visit’ but also a proper holiday. France was the chosen destination, we were going to visit Burgundy, however, the weather was very hot, so we changed our plans and headed for Normandy and Brittany, the ‘cooler’ Coast. In half an hour we drove across the border into the North of France, French Flanders, Already the landscape started to change, hills beginning to roll… Everywhere the fields had been ‘shaved’, the bales waiting to be collected, scattered over the golden fields… I spotted this, probably owned by a more ‘meticulous’ farmer? (… a suivre… more to follow) For the whole story: magdaindigo.blogspot.com/2009/09/start-of-our-adventures-... THANX, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE, visit here: www.indigo2photography.co.uk IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

LA PLAGE… Bray-Dunes

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
Day 14 We end up in France, where we have a meal and then enjoy a walk along the promenade… View towards Belgium. April and the beach is warm already. It is not the holidays, so only the few are enjoying this beautiful stretch of sand and sea. THANX, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

VIEW SOUTH… Bray-Dunes

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
Day 14 VIEW SOUTH… Bray-Dunes After our meal in the North of France, just across the border, we enjoy a walk along the promenade… April and the beach is warm already. It is not the holidays, so only the few are enjoying this beautiful stretch of sand and sea. This is the view South, towards Gravelines, Dunkirk and Calais. The industrial parts, in a bit of a haze. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

CALAIS

SUPPORT the PHOTOGRAPHER: BUY DIRECT! The shore moves further and further... we sit and stare, reminiscing of all the people we are leaving behind, the 'treasure' in images we bring back, the inestimable memories in our head, the love and friendship in our heart. After leaving the safety of the port of Dunkirk, the ferry follows the French Coast for a while, The most narrow part of the Channel is Cape Gris Nez, so, soon we will make the actual crossing 'home'. Thank you, M, (*_*)

ON NORMANDY BEACH.... D-DAY, JUNE 6...

MY IMAGES ARE FOR SALE ONLY FROM ME, DIRECTLY, see below! A cold February, the mid-term break, my son Michel was 19.Our goal to drive to the Mont St Michel.In France it’s also the holidays, we arrive In Honfleur only to find everything is ‘complet'!!! We push through to Caen and arrive there around midnight. The next day, it is 7/ 8 Beaufort, with great difficulty we get into the car without losing a door. We head for the coast, this weather does not scare us, we were raised with it. Just following the flow of roads, we arrive on small coastal routes and suddenly come to this beach. It stops you in your tracks. You’ve seen the documentaries and movies, you’ve heard the stories, but it’s all a long time ago, before you were even born. Here, it confronts you, the unexpected, the wreckage, still there, sombre monuments in the sea. I remember the images, my mind fills in the horror. I just stand there, my beautiful son running freely on this beach, where so many his age fell. This lonely figure in this vast emptiness of flat sand and sea.Paul, my husband (Paul Indigo) stands next to me, grabs my hand, he understands, he’s from South Africa, grew up with a different war. His uncles were S.A. war hero pilots, his grand-father a commander in the Belgian resistance. It links all of us. I can’t help thinking, why do nations and people only pull together when things are bad? Do we forget too soon? We owe those who fought, those who fell, our freedom and our present lifestyle.This is my THANK YOU to them, my sons live and I, as a mother am fortunate enough not to have to experience the fear of that farewell. Magda, (~_~) Today is D-Day, was June 6, 1944 — the day of the Normandy landings — initiating the Western Allied effort to liberate mainland Europe from Nazi occupation during World War II. By nightfall on June 6, more than 9,000 Allied soldiers were dead or wounded, but more than 100,000 had made it ashore, securing French coastal villages and eventually the rest of the occupied countries. WE OWE THEM OUR FREEDOM! More HERE:magdaindigo.blogspot.com/2007/04/power-of-emotion-in-imag... For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.co.uk IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

BRETAGNE PLAGE…

#ABFAV_FAVOURITE_PLACES_THEME A BIG favourite place of mine, is anywhere in the world, where I can stand and absorb the magnificent view of the great expanses. Sea-air, the wind tearing up my eyes, those wide skies… give me that any day This was in Brittany, Bretagne, came from inland and suddenly this appeared in front of me: EPIC! Have a beautiful day and thanx for viewing, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

Ètretat, by night... La Falaise d'Amont

#ABFAV_FAVOURITE_PLACES_THEME There's an 80-mile stretch of sheer cliffs between Dieppe and Ètretat,, in upper Normandy, mirrored by those of the English coast of Dover, pointing to their shared geological origin, no other section of the French coast resembles the unique breathtaking seascape of Côte d'Albâtre (the Alabaster Coast). Around Fécampit also goes by the poetic name of le Pays des Hautes Falaises (high cliff country) filled with the flavour of salty air and the shrieks of aerobatic gliding gulls. This part of France, called Le Pays de Caux (chaux=chalk), attracted many a famous painter and writer, like Victor Hugo, Alexandre Dumas, Samuel Beckett, in the 19th century, especially the Impressionists namely Courbet and Monet, who were captivated by its ever-changing light. The poet Guy de Maupassant spent most of his childhood in Ètretat, . Although Alabaster seems to be the most appropriate name because of the chalky whiteness of the cliffs, closer examination reveals black and ochre flint, also salty rust...as you see here! From the low nestled town and beach, you can see two natural arches and the pointed "needle", they are the Porte d'Aval, and the Porte d'Amont. Ètretat, is a very pretty little place. As soon as you step onto the shingle beach you'll see the cliff formations to either side. To the west, on the Falaise d'Aval, a straightforward if precarious walk leads up the crumbling side of the cliff, with lush lawns and pastures to the inland side, to the point where the turf abruptly stops, occasionally ripped by the latest fall of cliff. From the windswept top you can see further cliffs, it was at times somewhat hazy. The Falaise d'Amont is on its eastern side ñ which Maupassant compared to an elephant dipping its trunk into the ocean are what stick in the memory. The cliff itself presents an idyllic rural scene, with a gentle (ahem, STEEP) footpath winding up the green hillside to the little chapel of Notre-Dame, from where you have a spectacular view. In the evening, after a meal, we were treated with a fabulous sunset and the lighting on The Door and Needle of La Falaise d'Amont... With love to you and thank you for ALL your faves and comments, M, (* _ *) For more of my other work or if you want to purchase, visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

AND ANOTHER ASPECT of THE SEA... ÉTRETAT, NORMAND

MY IMAGES ARE FOR SALE ONLY FROM ME, DIRECTLY, see below! Étretat by night with sunset from promenade We drove to Étretat, in Normandy. There's an 80-mile stretch of sheer cliffs between Dieppe and Étretat, in upper Normandy, mirrored by those of the English coast of Dover, pointing to their shared geological origin, no other section of the French coast resembles the unique breathtaking seascape of La Côte d'Albâtre (the Alabaster Coast). Around Fécamp it also goes by the poetic name of le Pays des Hautes Falaises (high cliff country) filled with the flavour of salty air and the shrieks of aerobatic gliding gulls. This part of France, called Le Pays de Caux (chaux=chalk), attracted many a famous painter and writer, like Victor Hugo, Alexandre Dumas, Samuel Beckett, in the 19th century, especially the Impressionists namely Courbet and Monet, who were captivated by its ever-changing light. The poet Guy de Maupassant spent most of his childhood in Étretat . Although Alabaster seems to be the most appropriate name because of the chalky whiteness of the cliffs, closer examination reveals black and ochre flint, also salty rust... (see previous) From the low nestled town and beach, you can see two natural arches and the pointed "needle", they are the Porte d'Aval, and the Porte d'Amont. Étretat is a very pretty little place. As soon as you step onto the chingle beach you'll see the cliff formations to either side. To the west, on the Falaise d'Aval, a straightforward if precarious walk leads up the crumbling side of the cliff, with lush lawns and pastures to the inland side, to the point where the turf abruptly stops, occasionally ripped by the latest fall of cliff. The Falaise d'Amont is on its eastern side – which Maupassant compared to an elephant dipping its trunk into the ocean – are what stick in the memory. The cliff itself presents an idyllic rural scene, with a gentle (ahem, STEEP) footpath winding up the green hillside to the little chapel of Notre-Dame, from where you have a spectacular view. In the evening, after a meal, we were treated with a fabulous sunset and the lighting on The Door and Needle of La Falaise d'Amont... taken from the promenade. With love to you and thank you for ALL your faves and comments, M, (* _ *) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.co.uk IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

HONFLEUR…

#ABFAV_FAVOURITE_PLACES_THEME LE-VIEUX-BASSIN-Quay St Etienne The port, le Vieux Bassin is bordered on three sides by buildings of two distinct styles; large stone houses on the South side (Quai Saint-Etienne) and high and narrow wooden houses to the North (Quai Sainte Catherine). Both are named after the churches that stand on their grounds. Here you see the EGLISE St ETIENNE, dating from the 14th century, making it the oldest church in the town. THANX, M, (*_*) Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved For more of my other work or if you want to purchase, visit here: www.indigo2photography.com

HONFLEUR REFLECTIONS ...

#ABFAV_FAVOURITE_REFLECTIONS_THEME REFLECTIONS of the Quai St Etienne in le Vieux Bassin, Honfleur The light was fabulous, it is renowned for it, painters, photographers LOVE it, it started off the Impressionist movement. You see the reflection of the stone houses typical for that side of the dock, the spire is of the Eglise St Etienne, the oldest church, now a maritime museum. THANX, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

QUATORZE JUILLET, VIVE LA FRANCE!

Today, 14 July is the French National day! About the image: REFLECTIONS in Honfleur, FRANCE The light was fabulous, Honfleur. Honfleur is a commune in the Calvados department in northwestern, Lower Normandie in France. It is located on the southern bank of the estuary of the Seine across from le Havre and very close to the exit of the Pont de Normandie. It is renowned for its light, painters, photographers LOVE it, it started off the Impressionist movement. I could not resist these gorgeous reflectons, so colourful, so pleasing to the eye, the light is 'dipping' but still great... Wishing you a festive day!!! M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to purchase, visit here: www.indigo2photography.co.uk IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserve

JEFF de BRUGES…

#abfav_favourite_doors_and_windows_theme Chocolatier in Honfleur. AAHHH, les belles, vieilles façades!!! A law required that the first houses built could not exceed 7.62 metres on the ground floor and not be more than 3 stories tall. Yet a few decades later, because of its economic and demographic development, Honfleur was facing a serious housing crisis. For lack of space, houses were then built one on top of the other. In fact, these buildings were essentially like two adjoining ones, only instead of being built side by side; they were built on top of one another: the base house had its first floor on the bank, while the second one also had a first floor but it gave onto the opposite hill. On one side, St. Catherine Quay, they rise to narrow slate-and-timber heights of five to seven stories, housing restaurants or galleries in the ground floors. Reflected in the dock waters, they look even taller. On the facing side, St. Etienne Quay, the facades are stone, and most rise only two stories. Honfleur is a treasure trove! Full of lots of small shops, boutiques, deli’s, bigger and smaller Art venues. I wish you all a very good day and thanx for all your kind words, time, comments and likes. Very much appreciated. Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

LITTLE SYMPHONY in BLUE…

#abfav_favourite_doors_and_windows_theme passed this lovely window in a narrow street in Concarneau in Brittany. Looked through it , attractive for a photographer? Oh yes… So blue. THANk you, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

UNE CHAUMIERE DE KERASCOET...

#abfav_favourite_doors_and_windows_theme BRITTANY... The hamlet of Kerascoët includes a series of thatched houses called Cottages of Kerascoët. The village is a typical Breton village dating from the sixteenth century, it was renovated in 1993. Part of Névez, a town in the department of Finistère, in Brittany, France. The main originality of the heritage of the village lies in the granite that was extracted from nearby quarries and of course the thatched roofs! It was used to build the houses, blocks of nearly two meters high were cut on site and erected as a wall. These standing stones are a feature of the rural and authentic Brittany. No cars allowed, a real tourist 'trap' but still interesting! THANk you, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

CHAUMIERES...

#abfav_favourite_doors_and_windows_theme Another from BRITTANY... The hamlet of Kerascoët includes a series of thatched houses called Cottages of Kerascoët. The village is a typical Breton village dating from the sixteenth century, it was renovated in 1993. Part of Névez, a town in the department of Finistère, in Brittany, France. The main originality of the heritage of the village lies in the granite that was extracted from nearby quarries and of course the thatched roofs! It was used to build the houses, blocks of nearly two meters high were cut on site and erected as a wall. These standing stones are a feature of the rural and authentic Brittany. No cars allowed, a real tourist 'trap' but still interesting! THANk you, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

Windows of a chaumière...

#abfav_favourite_doors_and_windows_theme And another set of windows of a ' chaumière' in BRITTANY, ... The hamlet of Kerascoët includes a series of thatched houses called Cottages of Kerascoët. The village is a typical Breton village dating from the sixteenth century, it was renovated in 1993. Part of Névez, a town in the department of Finistère, in Brittany, France. The main originality of the heritage of the village lies in the granite that was extracted from nearby quarries and of course the thatched roofs! It was used to build the houses, blocks of nearly two meters high were cut on site and erected as a wall. These standing stones are a feature of the rural and authentic Brittany. No cars allowed, a real tourist 'trap' but still interesting! THANk you, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

LA CHAPELLERIE…

#abfav_favourite_doors_and_windows_theme Making hats is not only a craft it is also a passion. FULL STORY ABOUT THIS PHOTO HERE: You NEVER know! https://youtu.be/2iX5id0dSnY We pass a jazz café; see the church St Catherine in darkness and all the galleries around there, together with where we 'should have eaten', because that is where the French, the 'locals' are eating! All very romantic... turn another corner and discover this milliner's shop. This is a proper chapellerie... one of the last in France. It looks so colourful and inviting... but I 'travel' light... no tripod, can't use flash, so, anchor myself against the wall, elbow on hip, focus, a deep breath, hold still, click, hold still, breathe out AND hope for the best... I do love a challenge, lol. I wish you all a very good day and thanks for all your kind words, time, comments and likes. Very much appreciated. Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

HONFLEUR, L'AMOUR-TOUJOURS...

MY IMAGES ARE FOR SALE ONLY FROM ME, DIRECTLY, see below! "LES AMOUREUX'... those were the days, creative, we painted day and night, ate when hungry, drank when thirsty, slept when tired... we matured together and look back with great fondness and a smile, wiser???... Still so in love... For the whole story: magdaindigo.blogspot.com/2009/09/start-of-our- adventures-... (… a suivre… more to follow) I wish you all a very good day and thanx for all your kind words, time, comments and likes. Very much appreciated. Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.co.uk IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

HONFLEUR, CON TE PARTIRO, time to say Good Bye...

MY IMAGES ARE FOR SALE ONLY FROM ME, DIRECTLY, see below! www.youtube.com/watch?v=tcrfvP11Hbo Our day grows to a close, Honfleur starting to look very deserted. On our way to the car, we pass this little mysterious Alley, it seems a suitable image to end with, I take the chance... still no tripod... I think of the old masters, they didn't have flashes, streets were lit with gas flames, even further back, carrying burning torches, small pools of light... deep and 'dangerous' shadows... I think of Rembrandt, his colours and 'light,' mmmm, yep forever the romantic... Saturated, happy and content… tired we head back to our hotel, where we still quickly download and view the images of the day ONE. We fall asleep with a smile, looking forward to the next day… Goal: The Mont St Michel. For the whole story: magdaindigo.blogspot.com/2009/09/start-of-our-adventures-... (… a suivre… more to follow) I wish you all a very good day and thanx for all your kind words, time, comments and likes. Very much appreciated. Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.co.uk IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THE WORK of Bruno CATALANO...

MY IMAGES ARE FOR SALE ONLY FROM ME, DIRECTLY, see below! In the evening, we roam the romantic streets of Honfleur, in one of the Galleries I discover the work of Bruno Catalano, see HERE: brunocatalano.com/ The Art of Missing Pieces and LOVE it! I have no tripod with me, so I take a deep breath, and photograph it through the window of the Art Gallery... I love the shadow, shame about the 'direct' spotlight, no avoiding it. Hope you enjoy it too? Honfleur is a treasure trove! Full of bigger and smaller Art venues. For the whole story: magdaindigo.blogspot.com/2009/09/start-of-our-adventures-... (… a suivre… more to follow) THANX, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.co.uk IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

Côte-de-Grâce, window...

MY IMAGES ARE FOR SALE ONLY FROM ME, DIRECTLY, see below! The sun warmly brightens the stained-glass windows, ... For the whole story: magdaindigo.blogspot.co.uk/2009/09/day-2-of-our-adventure... (… a suivre… more to follow) THANX, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.co.uk IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

DAY 2 of OUR ADVENTURES IN FRANCE. Côte-de-Grâce CANDLES...

MY IMAGES ARE FOR SALE ONLY FROM ME, DIRECTLY, see below! As soon as I enter, I am enveloped with the strangest feeling of sadness, I cannot explain it, not something I normally experience, hhmm. The small church is full of plaques for thanks everywhere, some very old some more recent, devote candles flicker, the smell of wax intoxicating,the silence is tangible, some people come in and light another candle, a prayer and gone again. France is still a very Catholic country… For the whole story: magdaindigo.blogspot.co.uk/2009/09/day-2-of-our-adventure... (… a suivre… more to follow) THANX, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.co.uk IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

DAY 2 of OUR ADVENTURES IN FRANCE. Côte-de-Grâce WINDOW and BOAT...

MY IMAGES ARE FOR SALE ONLY FROM ME, DIRECTLY, see below! Full of excitement, we continue our trek, the road winds on, along the Coast, soon, we see a sign towards another ‘must-see’ place that I remember from my youth… the Côte de Grâce… another ‘blink’ and you've missed it… We drive past big, beautiful old house set in their proper land-settings of orchards and gardens. This is part of La Côte Fleurie, on the hill some 1,5 km from the town centre of Honfleur, with spectacular views of the Seine estuary, the harbour and Le Havre. Now shaded by 300-year-old elms, La "Chapelle Notre-Dame de Grâce" is one of the region’s oldest sanctuary chapels and a gem built between 1600 and 1615 on the steep hilltop west of town. Here it gets a little confusing, some say Notre Dame de Grâce, was founded by Richard II and rebuilt between 1600 and 1615, others claim it to have been founded in 1034 by Robert the Magnificent of Normandy and rebuilt in 1606. One thing is certain, quickly, the site became a point of pilgrimage for sailors about to embark on transatlantic journeys. One such sailor-pilgrim, Samuel de Champlain, set sail from Honfleur and founded the colony of Quebec in 1608. And also somewhere in history it was used by royalty… Pilgrims still arrive for an annual Seaman's Festival and blessing of the sea each spring. The sky is almost white from the heat; the trees give a welcoming relative coolness. I seek refuge inside. As soon as I enter, I am enveloped with the strangest feeling of sadness, I cannot explain it, not something I normally experience, hhmm. The small church is full of plaques for thanks everywhere, some very old some more recent, devote candles flicker, the silence is tangible, some people come in and light another candle, a prayer and gone again. France is still a very Catholic country… The sun warmly brightens the stained-glass windows, statues and bas-reliefs tracing the usual biblical themes, but alongside them are images and models of elaborately rigged ships from centuries past. (There are also a few pairs of cast-off crutches, leaning in a dark corner, their stories are not offered.) Outside, very peculiar, a huge stand with the bells, chiming every 15 minutes… Their sonorous sound carried far and wide… resounding in your ears long after they stopped... For the whole story: magdaindigo.blogspot.co.uk/2009/09/day-2-of-our-adventure... (… a suivre… more to follow) THANX, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.co.uk IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THE EMPTY CHAIRS... and the deep shadows...

#abfav_shadows_silhouettes_theme In remembrance of another dark day in ALL of our history. Many a chair... empty, a space just filled with air and dancing dust particles in the light, where once a loved-one sat and laughed? The pain of loss is ever-lasting, something you never get 'used' to, just learn to live with it because you have to... Taken in the church on the Mont Cassel in Northern France, the day after we visited a friend for the last time... Enjoy and make the BEST of every day! Thanx, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS : www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

A Pont-l'Évêque CHEESE... from Pont-l'Évêque

MY IMAGES ARE FOR SALE ONLY FROM ME, DIRECTLY, see below! We stop in Pont-l'Évêque, see one of the few shops open… this is inland, and the French HOLIDAYS in August!!! The lady behind the counter is most friendly, ‘vacuums’ our cheese, un carré, to keep it cooler, well, stop it from ‘running’? I also buy a special Cidre vinegar. (which I haven’t tried yet). Pont-l'Évêque is a French cheese, originally manufactured in the area around the commune of Pont-l'Évêque, between Deauville and Lisieux in the Calvados département of Basse-Normandie, and probably the oldest Norman cheese still in production. Pont-l'Évêque is an uncooked, unpressed cow's-milk cheese, square in shape usually at around 10cm square and around 3cm high, weighing around 400g. The central pâte is soft, creamy pale yellow in colour with a smooth, fine texture and has a pungent aroma. This is surrounded by a washed rind that is white with a gentle orange-brown coloration. The whole is soft when pressed but lacks elasticity. It is generally ranked alongside Brie, Camembert, and Roquefort as one of the most popular cheeses in France. The cheese has been made in Normandy since at least the 12th century, and local legend claims that it was first made in a Norman abbey. A manuscript from the time writes that a fine meal should always end with some "angelot", the name used for the cheese at the time. The cheese became popular across the country from the 16th century onwards, when it obtained the name of the village around which its production was centered. For the whole story: magdaindigo.blogspot.co.uk/2009/09/day-2-of-our-adventure... (… a suivre… more to follow) THANX, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.co.uk IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

La Côte Fleurie...

#ABFAV_FAVOURITE_PLACES_THEME TO STAND AMIDST A FIELD OF FLOWERS. We leave an already overcrowded Honfleur behind. The sky is blue, the sun is out, it looks like a glorious day. I remember from over 30 years ago that there was a small area called La Côte Fleurie, just up the Coast, South of the mouth of the Seine. Up winds the narrow road, we squeal with joy, we found it, well, blink and you miss it… a strip of field filled with flowers. Surrounded by a natural hedge of brambles and ‘wild’ roses. Have a great day and as always, THANKS, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

LE MONT St MICHEL...

#ABFAV_FAVOURITE_PLACES_THEME Perched on a 264 feet high rock formation sits Mont St. Michel. During the seasons' highest tides the abbey is surrounded by water. During low tide the flats provide food for the world's only herd of salt water plant eating sheep (Les agneaux des prés salés), the meat tastes salty. Mont St. Michel's tides can rush in at incredible speeds.The tides in the area shift quickly, and has been described by Victor Hugo as ‡ la vitesse d'un cheval au galop, "as swiftly as a galloping horse." The tide actually comes in at 1 meter per second. Popularly nicknamed "St. Michael in Peril of the Sea" by medieval pilgrims making their way across the tidal flats, the mount can still pose dangers for visitors who avoid the causeway and attempt the hazardous walk across the sands from the neighbouring coast. The dangers from the tides and quick sands continue to claim lives. Mont Saint Michel is a small rocky island about 1 km from the north coast of France at the mouth of the Couesnon River in Normandy. The mount is best known for the medieval Benedictine Abbey and steepled church that occupies most of the 1km-diameter clump of rocks jutting out of the waters of the English Channel. THANX, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

Mont-St-Michel, La Gendarmerie et La Tour Gabriel...

MY IMAGES ARE FOR SALE ONLY FROM ME, DIRECTLY, see below! Mont Saint Michel is a small rocky island about 1 km from the north coast of France at the mouth of the Couesnon River in Normandy. The mount is best known for the medieval Benedictine Abbey and steepled church that occupies most of the 1km-diameter clump of rocks jutting out of the waters of the English Channel.The Abbey comprises a superb ensemble of clerical buildings including the abbey church, the cloister, the refectory, the monks' ambulatory and the gardens of what has been known as the ""Merveille"" (Marvel) since the 12th century. This is on the side, the entrance to the right... La Gendarmerie et la Tour Gabriel. For the story of Day 2, part 1: magdaindigo.blogspot.com/2009/09/day-2-of-our-adventures-... (… a suivre… more to follow) THANX, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.co.uk IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

LE MONT St MICHEL...2

MY IMAGES ARE FOR SALE ONLY FROM ME, DIRECTLY, see below! what happens when 2 photographers are walking next to each other???? Two views... two different temperaments.. THIS: http://500px.com/photo/1197266 The skies were high, it was after 4, people were still arriving, some were leaving and... IT WAS HOT!!! Little did we know all the 'adventures' that were awaiting us. Perched on a 264 feet high rock formation sits Mont St. Michel. During the seasons' highest tides the abbey is surrounded by water. During low tide the flats provide food for the world's only herd of salt water plant eating sheep ( Les agneaux des prés salés, the meat tastes salty). Mont St. Michel's tides can rush in at incredible speeds.The tides in the area shift quickly, and has been described by Victor Hugo as à la vitesse d'un cheval au galop, "as swiftly as a galloping horse." The tide actually comes in at 1 meter per second. Popularly nicknamed "St. Michael in Peril of the Sea" by medieval pilgrims making their way across the tidal flats, the mount can still pose dangers for visitors who avoid the causeway and attempt the hazardous walk across the sands from the neighboring coast. The dangers from the tides and quick sands continue to claim lives. Mont Saint Michel is a small rocky island about 1 km from the north coast of France at the mouth of the Couesnon River in Normandy. The mount is best known for the medieval Benedictine Abbey and steepled church that occupies most of the 1km-diameter clump of rocks jutting out of the waters of the English Channel. For the story of Day 2, part 1: magdaindigo.blogspot.com/2009/09/day-2-of-our-adventures-... (… a suivre… more to follow) THANX, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.co.uk IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

MONT ST MICHEL, ARCHITECTURE and THE SPIRE...

MY IMAGES ARE FOR SALE ONLY FROM ME, DIRECTLY, see below! At the top of the cliff, at a height of almost 80 meters, ascend to heaven’s walls of the ancient abbey, and at the end of its spire, located at a height of 155.5 meters above sea level, stands the golden figure of the Archangel with a sharpened sword. The climb to the abbey is hard -- by the time you have mounted the celebrated Escalier de Dentelle (Lace Staircase) to the gallery around the roof of the abbey church, you will have climbed no fewer than 900 steps -- but it's worth it… Just over halfway, we saw that you had to pay to visit the Abbey, church and the other I interesting rooms… Paul goes and moves slowly along with the huge waiting queue. I decide, hiding in the shade, to concentrate on some interesting detail. I must say it is all very clean and looks very ‘cared-for’! Eventually we are able to take the rest of the climb, ticket in hand. The higher we climb, the better the light gets, it is also more ‘open’, we see the lovely architecture, we see the spire with Saint Michel, slaying the dragon, on the top, glistening in the sun, in full glory… For the story of Day 2, part 1: magdaindigo.blogspot.com/2009/09/day-2-of-our-adventures-... (… a suivre… more to follow) THANX, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.co.uk IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

MONT ST MICHEL, DETAILS.

MY IMAGES ARE FOR SALE ONLY FROM ME, DIRECTLY, see below! We decide to go on, walking up the one street… (GRANDE RUE, lol), which is narrow and claustrophobic, full of souvenir-shops and ‘Crêperies’, we battle our way through till we get to the stairs, where we take a break. The climb to the abbey is hard -- by the time you have mounted the celebrated Escalier de Dentelle (Lace Staircase) to the gallery around the roof of the abbey church, you will have climbed no fewer than 900 steps -- but it's worth it… Just over halfway, we saw that you had to pay to visit the Abbey, church and the other interesting rooms… Paul goes and moves slowly along with the huge waiting queue. I decide, hiding in the shade, to concentrate on some interesting detail. I must say it is all very clean and looks very ‘cared-for’! For the story of Day 2, part 2 magdaindigo.blogspot.co.uk/2009/10/day-2-of-our-adventure... (… a suivre… more to follow) THANX, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.co.uk IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

MONT ST MICHEL, another DETAIL.

MY IMAGES ARE FOR SALE ONLY FROM ME, DIRECTLY, see below! We decide to go on, walking up the one street… (GRANDE RUE, lol), which is narrow and claustrophobic, full of souvenir-shops and ‘Crêperies’, we battle our way through till we get to the stairs, where we take a break. The climb to the abbey is hard -- by the time you have mounted the celebrated Escalier de Dentelle (Lace Staircase) to the gallery around the roof of the abbey church, you will have climbed no fewer than 900 steps -- but it's worth it… Just over halfway, we saw that you had to pay to visit the Abbey, church and the other interesting rooms… Paul goes and moves slowly along with the huge waiting queue. I decide, hiding in the shade, to concentrate on some interesting detail. I must say it is all very clean and looks very ‘cared-for’! For the story of Day 2, part 2 magdaindigo.blogspot.co.uk/2009/10/day-2-of- our-adventure... (… a suivre… more to follow) THANX, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.co.uk IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

MONT ST MICHEL- THE HOOK...

MY IMAGES ARE FOR SALE ONLY FROM ME, DIRECTLY, see below! It is the hook where the rope 'should' have been and was duely put back after the bell-ringing. For the story of Day 2, part 2: magdaindigo.blogspot.com/2009/10/day-2-of-our-adventures-... (… a suivre… more to follow) THANX, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.co.uk IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

MONT ST MICHEL- THE ROPE...

MY IMAGES ARE FOR SALE ONLY FROM ME, DIRECTLY, see below! I find it too hot on the huge terrace in front of the church, decide to go in, and enjoy the views later. I enter a haven of peace and silence, the light shining through the stain-glass windows give the old stones a special glow. The ceiling is high and made out of wood. Again, I see details that interest me, another boat hanging up, just like in the other chapel, only bigger. The coat of arms of the Mont St Michel is three fleurs-de-Lys and 10 Scallops (Coquilles St Jacques), it is incorporated in one of the walls, on the pillars I see interesting hooks, and then, of course a rope, leading high up into the spire… I find out later what it's for. For the story of Day 2, part 2 magdaindigo.blogspot.co.uk/2009/10/day-2-of-our-adventure... (… a suivre… more to follow) THANX, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.co.uk IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

1 HOUR IN THE LIFE OF A PHOTOGRAPHER. Breaking the Silence, solving the 'riddle of the rope'

MY IMAGES ARE FOR SALE ONLY FROM ME, DIRECTLY, see below! THE STORY CONTINUES... Solving the 'riddle of the rope': bighugelabs.com/onblack.php?id=3977175561&size=large The young monk gets up, disappears behind one of the huge pillars, to return without his white cape, he smiles at us, half winks and nods like to say, “ now’s your moment, get ready…”, he walks towards the rope I photographed earlier, carries it till it is straight under the spire, where it disappears, high up. He takes a deep breath, a good grip, looks up and with all his force pulls it down, and then up, at last we hear the solemn tolling of the bell. The sound reverberates through everything; you hear it in- and outside, you feel it in your body. After about 3 minutes, he starts to slow the bell down, he‘s skilled at this, handles that rope expertly till the silence returns. The rope is tied back this time on the 'special' hook, the monk returns, caped, to his place… For the story of Day 2, part 2: magdaindigo.blogspot.com/2009/10/day-2-of-our-adventures-... (… a suivre… more to follow) THANX, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.co.uk IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

1 HOUR IN THE LIFE OF A PHOTOGRAPHER. Breaking the Silence, solving the 'riddle of the rope'... SONN

MY IMAGES ARE FOR SALE ONLY FROM ME, DIRECTLY, see below! THE STORY CONTINUES... Solving the 'riddle of the rope': View On Black The young monk gets up, disappears behind one of the huge pillars, to return without his white cape, he smiles at us, half winks and nods like to say, “ now’s your moment, get ready…”, he walks towards the rope I photographed earlier, carries it till it is straight under the spire, where it disappears, high up. He takes a deep breath, a good grip, looks up and with all his force pulls it down, and then up, at last we hear the solemn tolling of the bell. The sound reverberates through everything; you hear it in- and outside, you feel it in your body. After about 3 minutes, he starts to slow the bell down, he‘s skilled at this, handles that rope expertly till the silence returns. The rope is tied back, the monk returns, caped, to his place… Why not listen to this and watch the whole set as a slideshow? www.youtube.com/watch?v=drU7ESj4HvY&feature=related For the story of Day 2, part 2: magdaindigo.blogspot.com/2009/10/day-2-of-our-adventures-... (… a suivre… more to follow) THANX, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.co.uk IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

1 HOUR IN THE LIFE OF A PHOTOGRAPHER. In solemn Silence now...

MY IMAGES ARE FOR SALE ONLY FROM ME, DIRECTLY, see below! THE STORY CONTINUES. ... The rope is tied back, the monk returns, caped, to his place… For the story of Day 2, part 2: magdaindigo.blogspot.com/2009/10/day-2-of-our-adventures-... (… a suivre… more to follow) THANX, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.co.uk IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

On the MONT ST MICHEL. In Silence...

MY IMAGES ARE FOR SALE ONLY FROM ME, DIRECTLY, see below! 1 HOUR IN THE LIFE OF A PHOTOGRAPHER. There are many special moments in your life, of many different kinds… but some just surpass everything. Often unexpected, and yet so intense that they stay with you like it happened yesterday, etched in the front-room (lol) of your brain. You know when it happens, it alters your state of mind, your are in a HYPER mode, alert, you’ll remember the sounds, the smells… and record the ‘visual’, because you are a photographer! Such an experience happened to me on the Mont St Michel. It was getting later but not cooler, we decided to linger on in the church a while longer, we’d been around, so we sat on the benches, soaking up the atmosphere, admiring this in history-seeped monument. More activity, I saw a young monk dressed all in black, there was a coming and going, I waited with a real sense of expectation; the ropes had been removed from around the beautifully ceramic-tiled floor in front of the altar. A silence has descended, people whisper, the odd child cries, hushed quickly by the parents… The young monk, dressed all in black, now wearing and dons his white cape with great flair... For the story of Day 2, part 2: magdaindigo.blogspot.com/2009/10/day-2-of-our-adventures-... (… a suivre… more to follow) THANX, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.co.uk IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

In Silence, the preparation...

MY IMAGES ARE FOR SALE ONLY FROM ME, DIRECTLY, see below! 1 HOUR IN THE LIFE OF A PHOTOGRAPHER. More activity, I saw a young monk dressed all in black, there was a coming and going, I waited with a real sense of expectation; the ropes had been removed from around the beautifully ceramic-tiled floor in front of the altar. A silence has descended, people whisper, the odd child cries, hushed quickly by the parents… Another nun appears, she is wearing a white cape, carrying books and what seems like a small stool. We watch as she enters the center of the church, she bows and greats the holy cross, then takes her place, kneels down and, puts the stool under her thighs.. Arranges the cape to make it invisible. AGAIN, 1 HOUR IN THE LIFE OF A PHOTOGRAPHER: magdaindigo.blogspot.co.uk/2009/10/again-1-hour-in-life-o... (… a suivre… more to follow) THANX, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.co.uk IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

In Silence, A MOMENT OF QUIET REFLECTION...

MY IMAGES ARE FOR SALE ONLY FROM ME, DIRECTLY, see below! 1 HOUR IN THE LIFE OF A PHOTOGRAPHER. More activity, I saw a young monk dressed all in black, there was a coming and going, I waited with a real sense of expectation; the ropes had been removed from around the beautifully ceramic-tiled floor in front of the altar. A silence has descended, people whisper, the odd child cries, hushed quickly by the parents… Another nun appears, she is wearing a white cape, carrying books and what seems like a small stool. We watch as she enters the center of the church, she bows and greats the holy cross, then takes her place, kneels down and, puts the stool under her thighs.. Arranges the cape to make it invisible. The young monk joins her... on his side! AGAIN, 1 HOUR IN THE LIFE OF A PHOTOGRAPHER: magdaindigo.blogspot.co.uk/2009/10/again-1-hour-in-life-o... (… a suivre… more to follow) THANX, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.co.uk IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

In The Solemn Silence of Prayer...

MY IMAGES ARE FOR SALE ONLY FROM ME, DIRECTLY, see below! THE STORY CONTINUES... 1 HOUR IN THE LIFE OF A PHOTOGRAPHER. It is a magic moment, as they all sit in deep prayer. I am not a religious person; I respect the religions and their followers. So here I sit, this cannot leave one indifferent, I find it emotional and almost ‘envy’ them for their belief, their apparent peace, their silent devotion and commitment. I dare not move to take shots from a different angle, my camera, otherwise so quiet, now seems to go off with a huge ‘clack’ whenever I push the shutter. Paul and I sit in the front. Why not listen to this and watch the whole set as a slideshow? www.youtube.com/watch?v=drU7ESj4HvY&feature=related ... AGAIN, 1 HOUR IN THE LIFE OF A PHOTOGRAPHER magdaindigo.blogspot.co.uk/2009/10/again-1-hour-in-life-o... (… a suivre… more to follow) THANX, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.co.uk IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

In Silent contemplation, the older monk...

MY IMAGES ARE FOR SALE ONLY FROM ME, DIRECTLY, see below! THE STORY CONTINUES... More nuns arrive and follow the same ritual as the first, a few more monks, they are the oldest. One carries a small chair; he is too old to kneel, he is allowed to sit. A gold leafed book was carried in and put on a lectern, the light from the windows falls on the few ‘decorations’ in this church, (as most of it was lost over all the years for many reasons), the small, delicate cross and the top edge of the missal. AGAIN, 1 HOUR IN THE LIFE OF A PHOTOGRAPHER magdaindigo.blogspot.co.uk/2009/10/again-1-hour-in-life-o... (… a suivre… more to follow) THANX, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.co.uk IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

In Silence , the 'gold light'...

MY IMAGES ARE FOR SALE ONLY FROM ME, DIRECTLY, see below! THE STORY CONTINUES... THE WINDOWS... A gold leafed book was carried in and put on a lectern, the light from the windows falls on the few ‘decorations’ in this church, (as most of it was lost over all the years for many reasons), the small, delicate cross and the top edge of the missal... Why not listen to this and watch the whole set? www.youtube.com/watch?v=drU7ESj4HvY&feature=related AGAIN, 1 HOUR IN THE LIFE OF A PHOTOGRAPHER magdaindigo.blogspot.co.uk/2009/10/again-1-hour-in-life-o... (… a suivre… more to follow) Have a great day, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.co.uk IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

Incense in the sun-rays…

#abfav_favourite_doors_and_windows_theme In the Gothic church on Mont St Michel. ... The key is turned and people stream in, we arrive back in the refectory, transformed into a music-room, red carpet on the floor, a clavecimble in place and a young musician tuning it, we hang around, she starts to play, it is brilliant! Very beautiful, you get ‘enveloped’ by the sounds… We decide to continue, we hear other instruments in the distance, we are curious. Via another way, we arrive back in the church, the monks and nuns have left, the familiar scent and smoke of the incense lingers heavily in bands across the high vaulted ceiling, off-setting the rays of incoming sunlight, it is awesome! Feverishly I take more images, the sun might go… the incense is thinning... Have a glorious day and thanx, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

RAYS of LIGHT? THE WINDOWS.

MY IMAGES ARE FOR SALE ONLY FROM ME, DIRECTLY, see below! LAST IN THE SERIES, FOR NOW. Incense in the sun-rays... Why not view the whole set and LISTEN TO THIS, www.youtube.com/watch?v=3yffdAXL4XY ... The key is turned and people stream in, we arrive back in the refectory, transformed into a music-room, red carpet on the floor, a clavecimble in place and a young musician tuning it, we hang around, she starts to play, it is brilliant! Very beautiful, you get ‘enveloped’ by the sounds… We decide to continue, we hear other instruments in the distance, we are curious. Via another way, we arrive back in the church, the monks and nuns have left, the familiar scent and smoke of the incense lingers heavily in bands across the high vaulted ceiling, off-setting the rays of incoming sunlight, it is awesome, yes, euh, heavenly?! Feverishly I take more images, the sun might go… the incense is thinning... magdaindigo.blogspot.com/2009/10/again-1-hour-in-life-of-... (… a suivre… more to follow) THANX, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.co.uk IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

LIGHT AND DARKNESS…

#abfav_favourite_doors_and_windows_theme A window on the Mont St Michel, composition made in camera, a nice challenge. Deeper, lower, further back in history and time, you see the changes in the architecture and 'style'! Romanesque architecture is the term for a period style in architecture in Europe which lasted from about 1050 to about 1200. View LARGE. Thank you, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

DETAIL of UNE CHAUMIÈRE DE KERASCOËT...

MY IMAGES ARE FOR SALE ONLY FROM ME, DIRECTLY, see below! BRITTANY... The hamlet of Kerascoët includes a series of thatched houses called Cottages of Kerascoët. The village is a typical Breton village dating from the sixteenth century, it was renovated in 1993. Part of Névez, a town in the department of Finistère, in Brittany, France. The main originality of the heritage of the village lies in the granite that was extracted from nearby quarries and of course the thatched roofs! It was used to build the houses, blocks of nearly two meters high were cut on site and erected as a wall. These standing stones are a feature of the rural and authentic Brittany. No cars allowed, a real tourist 'trap' but interesting! THANX, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.co.uk IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

WINDOW of UNE CHAUMIÈRE DE KERASCOËT...

WINDOW of UNE CHAUMIÈRE DE KERASCOËT... MY IMAGES ARE FOR SALE ONLY FROM ME, DIRECTLY, see below! BRITTANY... The hamlet of Kerascoët includes a series of thatched houses called Cottages of Kerascoët. The village is a typical Breton village dating from the sixteenth century, it was renovated in 1993. Part of Névez, a town in the department of Finistère, in Brittany, France. The main originality of the heritage of the village lies in the granite that was extracted from nearby quarries and of course the thatched roofs! It was used to build the houses, blocks of nearly two meters high were cut on site and erected as a wall. These standing stones are a feature of the rural and authentic Brittany. No cars allowed, a real tourist 'trap' but interesting! THANX, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.co.uk IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

TWO WINDOWS of UNE CHAUMIÈRE DE KERASCOËT...

MY IMAGES ARE FOR SALE ONLY FROM ME, DIRECTLY, see below! BRITTANY... The hamlet of Kerascoët includes a series of thatched houses called Cottages of Kerascoët. The village is a typical Breton village dating from the sixteenth century, it was renovated in 1993. Part of Névez, a town in the department of Finistère, in Brittany, France. The main originality of the heritage of the village lies in the granite that was extracted from nearby quarries and of course the thatched roofs! It was used to build the houses, blocks of nearly two meters high were cut on site and erected as a wall. These standing stones are a feature of the rural and authentic Brittany. No cars allowed, a real tourist 'trap' but interesting! THANX, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.co.uk IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

CHAUMIÈRES DE KERASCOËT...

MY IMAGES ARE FOR SALE ONLY FROM ME, DIRECTLY, see below! BRITTANY... The hamlet of Kerascoët includes a series of thatched houses called Cottages of Kerascoët. The village is a typical Breton village dating from the sixteenth century, it was renovated in 1993. Part of Névez, a town in the department of Finistère, in Brittany, France. The main originality of the heritage of the village lies in the granite that was extracted from nearby quarries and of course the thatched roofs! It was used to build the houses, blocks of nearly two meters high were cut on site and erected as a wall. These standing stones are a feature of the rural and authentic Brittany. No cars allowed, a real tourist 'trap' but interesting! THANX, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.co.uk IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

ON NORMANDY BEACH.... D-DAY, JUNE 6...

WHY WAS THIS DISLIKED?????????? Best viewed On Black A cold February, the mid-term break, my son Michel was 19. Our goal to drive to the Mont St Michel. In France it’s also the holidays, we arrive In Honfleur only to find everything is ‘complet'!!! We push through to Caen and arrive there around midnight. The next day, it is 7/ 8 Beaufort, with great difficulty we get into the car without losing a door. We head for the coast, this weather does not scare us, we were raised with it. Just following the flow of roads, we arrive on small coastal routes and suddenly come to this beach. It stops you in your tracks. You’ve seen the documentaries and movies, you’ve heard the stories, but it’s all a long time ago, before you were even born. Here, it confronts you, the unexpected, the wreckage, still there, sombre monuments in the sea. I remember the images, my mind fills in the horror. I just stand there, my beautiful son running freely on this beach, where so many his age fell. This lonely figure in this vast emptiness of flat sand and sea. Paul, my husband (Paul Indigo) stands next to me, grabs my hand, he understands, he’s from South Africa, grew up with a different war. His uncles were S.A. war hero pilots, his grand-father a commander in the Belgian resistance. It links all of us. I can’t help thinking, why do nations and people only pull together when things are bad? Do we forget too soon? We owe those who fought, those who fell, our freedom and our present lifestyle. This is my THANK YOU to them, my sons live and I, as a mother am fortunate enough not to have to experience the fear of that farewell. Magda, (~_~) I was invited for an exclusive interview by Debbie Slater of 500px. You can read it HERE:500px.com/blog/139/portrait-magda-indigo Hope you enjoy it? A small peep behind the camera? I do not often give them, but when I do, I go all out, LOL. Thank you Debbie and 500px. Thanking everybody who took the time to view and comment on my images over the 8 months I've uploaded on 500px. Your warm respons touches me deeply. A BIG THANK YOU ALL, M, (*_*) More HERE: magdaindigo.blogspot.com/2007/04/power-of-emotion-in-imag... For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE, visit here: www.indigo2photography.co.uk IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved