Organizers of a music festival have asked to use one of my night pictures for the placards announcing concerts that will take place in May in Paris. The result is far away from my image but as it is a nice festival with electro Latino music and sound poetry, I like their idea of a pink garden.

The second edition of the ‘Trois, 6, Neuf festival will take place from May 10 to 12 at L’Atalante theatre in Paris XVIII’s arrondissement.

The original image:

The placards for the music festival:

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I am busy preparing the shooting of my first documentary on a garden. Sheppard Craige, the artist-gardener making the Bosco della Ragnaia, commissioned me to make a film on his garden. The Bosco della Ragnaia, is one of the most fascinating contemporary garden in Italy, with Craige designing it far away from clichés and as a piece of art and above all far away from all ‘deco’ trends.

I have done several radio (sound) documentaries for BBC Radio 4 and the French cultural channel France-Culture, and I am often shooting videos on news subjects for the Agence-France-Presse (AFP) but this will be the first time I will work on both sound and image for a documentary on a garden…I have started recording sounds and interviews a while ago with Sheppard Craige and the shooting is planned for May.

Revue ‘Jardins’

April 11, 2012

I received this morning a copy of the third issue of the Revue ‘Jardins’, founded by Marco Martella. It is a yearly magazine of texts and stories (no pictures!) about gardens, with often famous historians, writers or gardeners taking part.

I was very pleased that Marco Martella asked me to write a story for this third issue with the theme ‘Time’. I wrote a text called ‘Un photographe à la Villa Strohl-Fern’ (A photographer at Villa Strolh-Fern) telling my experience in a garden with a long history but forgotten, and following the footprints of poet Rania Maria Rilke, who spent a year at Villa Strohl-Fern.  The Revue Jardins is published in French by ‘Editions du Sandre’ and distributed by ‘Les Belles Lettres’ in the best bookshops. The official release for this third issue about “Time” is April 25.

 

Palazzo and tree

April 8, 2012

We are changing season and a few days ago I took pictures of the last moments where trees in the streets have no leaves. Last chance to see the palazzi facades before they are hidden by the green of the new leaves…

Glycines in Rome

April 2, 2012

It is time for glycines. They invaded Rome since a few days, mixing their purple color with the yellow and orange walls of the buildings.

When I was shooting the pictures, a neigbour told me that Italian actor Marcello Mastroianni used to live in this palazzo…