Tourist routes

Phototourism in an exceptional place


Go off the beaten tracks

Free the imagination

Discover a territory for more creative photos

Paint the landscape

Use light to bring colors to life

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.


Autoportrait Raymond Martinez stage de photo en Provence
I propose below ideas of ideal circuits to practice the #phototourism

To be explored during photo courses

Autoportrait Raymond Martinez stage de photo en Provence


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.


Autoportrait Raymond Martinez stage de photo en Provence
Autoportrait Raymond Martinez stage de photo en Provence

The Camargue

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.


Les Alpilles

Between Rhône and Durance

These white hills dotted with pine forests provide an ideal subject for your images. They are the setting for magnificent villages: Les Baux de Provence and Saint Rémy de Provence are the best known but there is also Maussane and Eygalières. These villages and many others are scattered in a landscape of vineyards and olive trees. Among them is the village where I live, Fontvieille. This is where the oldest monuments in the region are located. These are 4,800 years old hypogea which are older than the pyramids of Giza.


Autoportrait Raymond Martinez stage de photo en Provence

Looking for new topics

Go further

Of course, depending on your favorite themes, other places could become new subjects for your shots. The friendliness of the Provençals often makes them good models for those who want to practice portraiture. The markets of Provence are the ideal theater for sketching street scenes. The old stones of houses in towns or villages or the chaotic geology of the Alpilles hills can also become supports for more abstract photography.


Autoportrait Raymond Martinez stage de photo en Provence

In the footsteps of Van Gogh

This is where Vincent painted his major works

I also suggest doing phototourism in the footsteps of the painter Vincent Van Gogh in Arles.

Thanks to this characteristic light which attracted 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 would like to join this 3-hour tour, please send me a message on the contact page I will try to adapt to your calendar to agree on a date.




Accommodation and meals

Phototourism is good but you also have to think about room and board.
Here I offer some accommodation and catering solutions in Provence around Arles.


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