Surprisingly I’ve never explored Provence having previously spent numerous years in Asia. Provence conjures up fragrant fields of lavender and endless villages with their respective markets displaying the enticing culinary produce of the region. The landscape and colours of Provence has also inspired an array of iconic names of the art world, Cézanne, Matisse, Renoir, van Gogh, and endless other artists who were all drawn by the climate and the clarity of the light. Le Mistral, the wind of Provence, being responsible for this special quality of light removing the dust from the atmosphere and in doing so increasing the visibility. Visiting the Saint-Paul Asylum where van Gogh was hospitalised was incredibly emotional. The year he spent in Saint-Remy-de-Provence was his most productive creating more than a thousand paintings. There are still numerous recognisable elements in the landscape that proved to be inspirational for his creations. Provence has always been considered a photographer’s dream and I can now appreciate why, Le Mistral creates a clarity of light particularly conducive to photography. Photographic prints are available from any of the images on the website please complete the enquiry form for further information.

People Eating at an Outdoor Restaurant with a Faded Advertising Sign on the Wall, Aix-en-Provence, Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur, France, Western Europe
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