Phototourism in Provence
Here’s a new concept! Yet practiced since the beginnings of photography by travelers who wish to keep images of their travels. Phototourism or photo tourism is a way of discovering a region in search of photographic subjects.
Taking photographs while traveling allows you to remember the landscapes and must-see tourist sites to share your travel impressions. This original concept also allows you to think outside the box and go in search of unforgettable discoveries.
During the courses, you can combine business with pleasure by discovering, with your camera, this corner of south of France. You will explore the country of Arles between Camargue, Crau and Alpilles. it is a remarkable territory for the variety of its landscapes, the richness of its heritage and also its exceptional light so dear to painters and photographers. As such, it is one of the favorite tourist spots in the South of France.
Venerable and looking toward the future
The city has several UNESCO World Heritage sites. Its monuments which tell us more than 2000 years of history. This charming city is crisscrossed with narrow streets where you can walk in the footsteps of the painter Vincent Van Gogh. Architect Frank Gehry has just added an astonishing tower which will be a beacon for contemporary art. It is also the place, every summer, for the Rencontres d’Arles, a festival dedicated to creative photography. So many reasons for this city to become a setting or subject to unleash your creativity.
Papal and theatrical city
It is famous for its Theatre festival. In July, actors and spectators invade the city, so many reasons to take portraits with models that are easy to approach. Furthermore, the Palais des Papes, the remparts and the famous Pont d’Avignon will be excellent subjects to try your hand at architectural photography.
Wild and captivating land
Between the two arms of the Rhône, this unique landscape is a mosaic of ponds and lagoons. A fragile ecosystem, the Camargue is classified as a natural park and has a national reserve in its center. its natural spaces with its fauna of horses, bulls and pink flamingos will satisfy lovers of naturalist photography. The walk can continue to the sea to reach the village of Saintes Maries de la Mer.
These white hills dotted with pine forests draw an ideal topic for your images. They are the setting for beautiful villages: Les Baux de Provence and Saint Rémy de Provence are the best known but there are also Maussane, Eygalières or Fontvieille where I live. These villages and many others are scattered in a landscape of vineyards and olive trees.
Looking for new topics
Of course, depending on your favorite themes, other places may become new topics for your shots. The conviviality of the people often makes good models for those who want to practice portraiture. The markets of Provence are the ideal theater to sketch scenes of streets. The old stones of the houses in the towns or villages or the chaotic geology of the Alpilles hills can also become supports for a more abstract photograph.
In the footsteps of Van Gogh
This is where Vincent painted his major works
I also propose to do phototourism in the footsteps of the painter Vincent Van Gogh in Arles.
With this exceptional light that drew the painter to Provence, we will capture the charm and architecture of this historic city. Its monuments, squares and old streets will serve as a backdrop for our images. With landscapes or even portraits, we will try to capture the colorful atmosphere that animates Vincent’s paintings.
If you want to participate in this visit which lasts 3 hours, thank you to send me a message on the contact page. I will try to find a date according to your availability.
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