Weekend Wander

As the weather was so wonderful this weekend, we decided to do a ‘randonnée’ in the local countryside – armed with our new book of country walks we chose to visit Boular, about 30 minutes drive from Auch.

Had a lovely walk in the countryside, on the most amazingly well marked route.

We had chosen a ‘Petite Randonnée’ so our markers were in yellow – all very organised!

Here are a few images:-



It seems that there has been an increase in the number of false ‘I.Grandjean’ recently. Luckily, La Dépêche realised and made a point of underlining the fact that the most recent expo of images for the festival Welcome in Tziganie was done by THE I.Grandjean, and not one of the many fakes – phew, thank goodness they noticed.

Full ‘Pink’ Moon tonight

Well it’s all in the title really. Tonights full moon is known as the Pink Moon even though it probably won’t actually be, well, pink.

It’s known as the Pink (or Grass or Egg) moon due to the fact it coincides with the flowering of an herb called ‘Moss Pink’. In the Southern Hemisphere, where’ it’s not autumn, it’s called the Hunter’s Moon, according to EarthSky.

So, out with the tripod tonight…

And here’s what I managed:

Welcome in Tziganie 2017

The nice folks over at Welcome in Tziganie ( which I’ve photographed for the past 4 years) have decided to show a retrospective of photographs for this the 10th Edition. As it happens, the 26 images chosen were all mine…so they blown them up and printed them on huge plastic sheets which will be exhibited during the festival the weekend of the 28th-30th of April.

Until then they are on show at the Mediatheque at Seissan, and the Office de Tourisme at Masseube.

Must admit they’ve done a good job making them BIG.

I’ll be covering the festival as usual, for the fifth time this year – look out for me!!

Different viewpoints (2)

I find it interesting how one’s background or general feeling can influence how one ‘sees’ an image. Take this one, for example:

This is one of several circulating in the French press and on television at the moment. It depicts French presidential candidate François Fillon being flour bombed as he arrives for a political meeting.

I’m pretty sure there are two basic camps – the pro-Fillonists who decry the needless savagery and the anti-Fillon who are thinking « Yessss! »

I’m also pretty sure I’m in a strict minority when I find myself wondering how much it’s going to cost to clean the Nikon 24-70mm zoom lens in the foreground of this image !

Short Memories…

More news from Donald « My hair was like this when I bought it » Trump :- he’s decided to bomb the s*** out of the Shayrat airbase in western Syria from which  a chemical weapon attack had been launched by the Syrian president Bachar el-Assad a few days ago. It seems he had been ‘upset’ at news reports showing young childrens bodies, killed by sarin gas.

I think this is all very laudable etc. but I can’t help thinking that this response is several months too late – it would seem that the pictures of adults and children blown apart by bombs didn’t have any effect on the ‘people in power’, who are visibly far more worried about pissing-off Vladimir Putin than preventing a dictator wiping out his own people.

All waste of life like this is beyond comprehension, but an ‘expert’ interviewed on French television yesterday made, in my view,  a very pertinent remark – if it came to dying in less than 10 seconds in a sarin gas attack, or being blown up and being in pain for hours while awaiting treatment than might never arrive, for him at least the choice was not difficult to make.

Well that makes my life easier…

It seems I now don’t have to fret about when I can visit the United States – under new proposals, tourists from Britain and other countries visiting the US could be forced to reveal mobile phone contacts, social media passwords and financial data under “extreme vetting” practices being considered by the Trump administration, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

Makes my life a lot easier – I just won’t go.

According to a report in The Guardian, US homeland security secretary John Kelly told a House homeland security committee hearing in February: “We want to say for instance, ‘What sites do you visit? And give us your passwords,’ so that we can see what they do on the internet. If they don’t want to give us that information then they don’t come.”

(Like any self respecting terrorist is going to travel with a phone full of sensitive information…)

Great – call me when you come back to your senses. Until then…bye bye.


Sad day today

Apparently « the » letter which will start the process of Great Britain  leaving The European Union has been delivered, and there’s no turning back.

How very sad that it has come to this.


Romain Laurendeau

I’ve just realized that I hadn’t given many details about the Romain Laurendeau exhibit at the Château d’Eau in Toulouse.

The photographs shown were from a series from Algeria called « Bab El Oued » – this is a « quartier populaire » in the northern part of the capital Alger. When we visited the exhibit and saw the images, we both thought there was something vaguely familiar (quite aside from the fact that they were, by a long shot, the best exhibit shown!!)

Then I came across some info on the author and it turns out that this series won, in 2015, the first Camille Lepage prize at Visa pour l’Image in Perpignan.

Suddenly everything came clear – we visit Visa pour l’Image in Perpignan every year – so we had seen them there. Glad we got that sorted out.

The series is harsh black and white images, real shooting-from-the-hip street photography with masses of information in each photograph. So many stories in just a seemingly simple image.