Monday, 2 August 2010

Old France Rurale


































Ok, so going through the archives I decided to hit the sepia button.

The newly opened pre-history society building in Les Eyzies is housing a free exhibition of Robert Doisneau's stunning photographs from his visit to the Dordogne back in the Summer of 1937. Two things struck me as I admired his stunning compositions. First, in many ways it seems nothing much has changed. The stallholders at Sarlat market could have been the same as last Saturday, but secondly, I couldn't help feeling a tinge of sadness as I viewed people messing around on boats afloat the gentle Dordogne river, yet just two years later and Europe was at war.

On a lighter note, that last photograph is of Cyrano de Bergerac, he with the unfeasibly large nose!

15 comments:

  1. Wonderful photographs, I love them all but I think the first one is my favourite. Amazing how things have changed over a relatively short period. Diane

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  2. Hi Rob,

    Love the sepia touch! Great photos ... love the doors on the building with the antique fare outside. War... if only. It is heart warming to think of a place remaining so much the same as days gone by. You live in a special part of the world! So glad you share it here. ;>)

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  3. I love, love the kitchen photograph. Isn't the shelf contents in the kitchen interesting? The cointreau, dried white beans, jarred green beans. With the grandfather clock it is so simple and lovely.

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  4. Stop making me want to spend my savign and visit France again. PLEASE. STOP IT.

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  5. Amazing photos. Time to come to France again for sure. that is a big nose!

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  6. aloha,

    i like seeing things in sepia in your world, it adds a nice feel to your locality and the photos have this rich old feeling to a beautiful area

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  7. Great photos. I love old pictures! Carla

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  8. Yummy, Rob! The sepia really sets the tone for a stroll into history. It all looks so bucolic. The thought of war there is indeed tragic.
    Frances

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  9. An amazing sequence of photos, Rob, perfect in sepia! Thanks for sharing ... Happy August :)

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  10. Great photos! That little has changed is a good thing. Old World Charm.

    I love to use sepia for printing out my photos to frame. Can you believe that I've only framed my photos of Italy and not France? Hmmm...must change that when the winter doldrums get to me.

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  11. As always, your photos are so evocative, Rob.

    Unfortunately, now I'm more depressed than ever that I'm traveling exactly nowhere this summer. Because nursery visits and camping trips do not count as a vacation.

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  12. The first few photos don't look so different from scenes you might have photographed in the old American West. Then there's the gorgeous old mansion over the water - that definitely looks like France and not the American West!

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  13. hi rob,

    the photo of the kitchen just kills me. i love it. what a great post.

    ~janet

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  14. A fascinating window into the past.

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  15. War is very sad yet at least a lot of it survived to give us the beauty we see today.

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