Greetings all, well much has happened since the last blog post as most of you know. The biggest thing was my move to southern France. It has been almost one year (minus 2 days) since I decided I would move after reading a great book called Wide Eyed Wanderers. The book is about a couple that quits their jobs and travels for two years in a VW campervan. So, very much like my adventure however I decided to also buy a house and live here in between travelling. There have been some busy times in making this happen but it all seems to be getting easier as each day goes by and I get more settled. Do I regret it? I miss my friends and family in America however I feel so different, very alive, like a kid experiencing new things daily. I just started my final online semester today in Fine Art photography and will finish up in May and that is when the travelling and shooting happen. Excited about that and all the future holds. Don’t want to keep bloggin on but do want to thank everyone who helped get me here, from crash space to car rides to encouragement. Thanks all!
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This is a picture up the valley of my village, Saint Martin De L’Arcon in the background, on the side of Mt Caroux. There are great hiking trails all through the hills of that mountain.
This is where I am working from because it is next to the wood burning stove. I’ll move to downstairs when it warms up.
This is my Campervan that will be my home/office/kitchen when on the road. It really is comfortable and much more roomy than living/travelling in my 4runner as I did.
Here is a rainbow shot from my bedroom window here. They seem to be common which is due to our micro-climate that we get on the side of this mountain.
Well, It’s been awhile since I’ve posted but not because I haven’t been shooting. Just extremely busy with work, school and side jobs. What I thought I’d do is just update you with a few pieces from each area that’s been keeping my busy. The first pix are some abstracts I’ve shot for a Concept Photography class, the next are a fex pix from a fashion shoot I shot (thanks Abi!) and the last ones are some shots from my Still Life class.
Please click this link to see them all. (If link doesn’t work, please go to Galleries>New Photos!)
I’ve got a couple of trips coming up in the next two months, one to Cuba the other to France/Spain so standby for some updates from there.
Cheers all! Laurent
Greetings all! I have been working on my photos from my recent trip to Argentina. These pictures include visits to wineries in Mendoza and my short trek up to a base camp at Mt Aconcagua. Since I don’t want to have you sit through the “photos from my vacation” massive slideshow, I’ve narrowed it down to a few select shots that best represent the time I had. Please click this this link “Argentina
” to view them. I’ve also changed the format of my galleries to thumbnails so that it creates a clickable slideshow with bigger pictures, especially the panoramas! Check out all the galleries for those changes! Thanks and don’t forget to comment, like, or send me an email. Salud! Laurent
Wrapped up my stay in beautiful Mendoza cramming in as many winery experiences as possible. This varied from having an outstanding lunch tasting surrounded by vineyards to biking to a few wineries on the Ruta de Vino. Argentina is really making a statement on the world map with their wines, but especially their Malbec version. On the first day, I rented an old beater bike and rode along the Ruta de Vino, aka Wine Road. It was pretty nice for the first mile until the bike path ran out and I’m sharing the road with crazy Argentine truck drivers. After a few tastings of wine, it didn’t seem so bad. A very scenic ride for the most part (first pix). One of the highlights was visiting an winery opened by some Italian immigrants in 1864. A beautiful winery (second pix) with some great old buildings, still be run by the great, great granddaughter. The last highlight was the food/wine tasting in the vineyard. Five courses paired with five wines, all incredible. Now I know how the 1% lives (and I like it!
So there I was….ready to conquer the second base camp of Mt Aconcagua (highest mountain in the Western and Southern Hemisphere at 22,841ft, located in the Andes about 70 miles northwest of Mendoza). Thought it would be simple, hike to the first base camp at approximately 11,000 ft, camp overnight and get acclimated. Then the next day, do a quick hike to the second base camp at 13,500 and back to base camp one in the same day. Well…a couple factors I didn’t consider into this equation. One, I’m now officially a flatlander. No more of this acclimatized Colorado lifestyle which makes small peak summits way easier. Carrying the backpack with tent, food, water, and camera gear got my attention. Two, snowstorm during early summer Argentina (December for us but June down south here). I got there, started setting up camp and it started snowing. It didn’t stop all night, even in my tent.
Sitting out the snowstorm, waiting for the morning
Three season tent, no fleece, and some interesting intestinal problems and I’ll leave it at that. So, I woke up to 3 inches of snow, spoke to the ranger who said more snow on the way and made the command decision to GTFO (acronym for boogie on back down the hill). Was able to knock out some pictures (including some panoramas which I’ll work when I getback. Here are a few pictures just to show the beauty. If you haven’t been down here, Argentina has the some of the most beautiful mountain scenery in the world. And some incredible wine which will be the subject of the next post. Salud!
Greetings all, Absorbing all the sites here in Mendoza, Argentina. As I was walking in the neighborhood here, I noticed some neat older buildings and train cars that look to have been abandoned for quite a while. I decided to go over and shoot there as I love capturing decaying artifacts of history.
Tomorrow, I take off for a 3 day trek to one of the base camps for Mt Aconcagua, the tallest mountain outside the Himalayas. The mountain is almost 24,000 ft but the base camp only sits at 13,500 ft. Plenty for this flatlander carrying a load of camera gear! Cheers
Hope you’ve recovered well from Thanksgiving and are out working off the newly found love handles. Today is a big day in my photo career, the rollout of my blog/website (laurentfox.com). I invite you to check out the website, especially the galleries link. You will see photos I’ve taken over the last couple of years that I am proud of. I will be using this blog to provide updates on my photo travels and escapades beginning with my trip to Argentina next week. As the blog site progresses, I plan on interviewing fellow photographers, sharing photo experiences and keeping folks updated on my life as a second career photographer!
While you are at the site, please provide feedback either on the page you are looking at (in the comments box) or on the contacts page. Let me know what you like/don’t like or if you find anything that isn’t working correctly. I really would appreciate it.
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Many of you followed along with me during my iphone 365 photos in a year project on FB (soon to be in its own gallery on this website) and I appreciate that. Now I’m entering into a new stage in this journey and hope to have you come along. Take care and be chattin with you soon!