Jan 3
Bubbles I
posted by: Assistant in Abstract on 01 3rd, 2010 | | No Comments »

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Happy New Year!

This year’s first photo is this one – Bubbles I.  There are some more Bubbles pictures, but I love this one the most.  This photo takes me to a fantasy world.  A dream — that’s what keeps us going.  That’s what keeps Florence moving forward, even at the most difficult times.  She has a dream.  I have a dream.

What is your dream?

Nov 1
fnac exhibition II
posted by: Assistant in Abstract, Latest News on 11 1st, 2009 | | No Comments »

pink flower

Did you go to Florence’s “Jeux déau” exhibition in Perpignan or Espira de l’Agly?  If not, here is your chance.  Florence’s Visa Off 2009 winning photos will be exhibited at the fnac (Toulouse -Wilson) store!

Title:  Jeux d’eau

Date:  Du mardi 3 novembre au samedi 21 novembre 2009

Place:  Fnac Toulouse-Wilson (au forum) 16 all F Roosevelt 31000 Toulouse

Web:  Fnac Magasins

Sep 18
VIP Lounge Wall Art
posted by: Assistant in Abstract on 09 18th, 2009 | | 4 Comments »

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Isn’t it gorgeous?  Three pictures from Florence’s “Water Works” collection have been placed on the walls of the VIP lounge at the Toulouse-Blagnac Airport (private aviation).  I was so happy to see these pictures displayed in the way exactly I wished and hoped.  The size of this print is quite large: 160 x 110 cm. When I first entered the room, it was just breathtaking.  Wow… that’s all I could say. Then a few seconds later, all the joy and excitement came along. With this large size, you can even see the colors inside of the water drops!  The photo lab that Florence uses, Picto, did an amazing job reproducing the colors that Florence captured.

Unfortunately, with my digital pocket camera and my lack of photography skills, I couldn’t quite replicate how these pictures actually looked (to me) inside of this nicely decorated lounge.  Plus, not many people can actually see these displays unless you are considered a VIP and landed at the airport with your private jet.  Sorry… 🙁

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This is “Traveling Ant” hang on the opposite wall. This one is a little smaller but still large: 120 x 80 cm.

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“The Third Eye” is displayed in the business office inside of the lounge.  The print size is again: 120 x 80 cm.  When Florence first showed me this picture shortly after she shot it, I said to myself, “This picture would be perfect for a business office.”  Since then another photographer who saw this picture on Florence’s website has said the same thing.  Then there it is. The person in charge of decorating this lounge chose this photo in this business office!  I guess this must be the destiny of this picture.

By the way, how do you think Florence took this picture?  Some of you may know what this blue “eye” is, but what do you think this silver thing is?

Sorry, I cannot give you Florence’s “business secret.”  But if you go to Florence’s gallery at her website, there is another picture using the same materials.  That one might give you some idea what this silver thingy is 😉

Sep 11
Visa Off Exhibition
posted by: Assistant in Abstract on 09 11th, 2009 | | 4 Comments »

Perpignan- le Castillet

So here we are! Let’s go back to the beginning of our trip to Perpignan and show you all about Florence’s Visa Off exhibition. This is le Castillet with Catalonia flag and Visa pour l’Image flag on top of it. We passed by this wall numerous times while we were there.

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This is where Florence’s exhibition was held – Bébé en Bulle. It’s a bookstore specialized in cartoons. The first thing we had to do was to hang the pictures.Well, actually no. The first first thing we had to do was to get there. Thanks to Florence’s friend, Christophe, he drove Florence’s car, drove through a maze of streets, and got us right in front of the store. We met the person who was working there and later the owner of the store. Both of them were really nice and accommodating.

We immediately started hanging the pictures, but there was a problem 🙁  The hooks that the store had for hanging the pictures did not fit to the hooks at the back of the frames! Ahhhhh!!! Florence had to hang all the pictures before the end of that day, or she would have been disqualified from the competition. We didn’t have a lot of time. We quickly came up with a solution which was to use strings, good idea, but where could we get the strings??? Thanks to Christophe again. He took me to a craft store nearby, and we found good strings. But this quick fix made the hanging work really difficult. When we finally finished hanging all the pictures, we were all exhausted. Quelle histoire! (What a story!) The photo above was taken at a later date. If it were on the first day, Florence wouldn’t have been smiling…

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This is the headquarters of the Visa Off festival, the Perpignan Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The first official event that Florence had to attend was the press conference there.

Perpignan-Press

Press conference. The mayor of the city of Perpignan was there along with the president of the Visa Off festival and other festival officials. They said (according to Florence) there were going to be over 1,000 photographers from all over the world between the two Festivals (Visa pour l’Image & Visa Off) coming to visit Perpignan during the two weeks. They also said that they had to make a drastic selection this year for Visa Off.

Florence was a little intimidated at this point because it appeared that everybody who came to the press conference knew each other and she was the only stranger. But Jean-Louis and Delphine from CCI made her feel really welcomed.

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Voilà! This was how Florence’s exhibition looked at the bookstore. We loved the brick wall, though we expected a white wall because we were told so. The wall was perfect for Florence’s photos.

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Some more pictures. Florence was really appreciative of the fact that her exhibition was selected to be held at this bookstore. Other exhibitions were held at restaurants, bars, banks, clothing stores, markets, hair salons, meat shops, etc. At this bookstore, people would feel comfortable going in and looking at the pictures at any time and there was nothing interrupting the view.

By the way, we learned later on that unlikely to other events in which organizers would have to ask stores for participation, with Visa Off, the stores had to apply to participate and not all stores applied were selected for exhibitions. In addition, exhibitions were assigned by the Visa Off and stores did not get to choose which exhibition to hold at their store.

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This is the description of Florence’s exhibition, “jeux d’eau”. This was another story. As you can see in the above pictures, Florence did not have this description originally.  She had the printout of the description, but we were not prepared to put it like this because we didn’t know the settings of the place, what was provided and not provided from the Visa Off office, nor how other photographers generally do with their captions or descriptions.  After we looked around others’ exhibitions, we realized many had this kind of description about their exhibitions neatly framed and put alongside of their photos. So we came up with a quick solution again, ran to an art store, got some materials, and voilá! Whew… Quelle histoire! (This was one of the first French words that I learned because I had to say so many times during this trip.)

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This was part of another official event that Florence had to attend. It was the opening of the Visa Off festival. As part of the opening, everybody together (staffs, photographers, press/media, and the public) did go-around of the exhibitions all over the town. Not all exhibitions were visited at this time, but it took over 3 hours to finish this tour of exhibitions! In this picture, Florence was explaining about her photos to the Visa Off officials and others. Do you see the description neatly pasted on the brick wall now? 😉

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Here is another picture of the go-around. According to Florence, many people thought she manipulated the pictures with Photoshop to get the effects. So she had to explain that the colors were natural colors. I hope she didn’t disclose her “business secrets” 😉

Perpignan-opening

Another official event was the opening of her exhibition. Actually her opening was held together with other exhibition openings on the same street. So the nearby café Elféa provided drinks and appetizers for all the guests. Lots of people came to this whole street opening and Christophe brought many people to see Florence’s pictures. I think he is now promoted (?) to Chief Marketing Officer of Florence’s photography 😉

By the way, Florence was very moved by a woman who came to her opening. She had a serious illness, but despite of her illness, this person came to see her pictures. I hope Florence’s photos gave her energy to fight the illness and hope because I believe that’s what her pictures do.

Aug 4
Water Colors V
posted by: Assistant in Abstract on 08 4th, 2009 | | No Comments »

Water Colors V

This is one of the pictures that will be exhibited at the VISA OFF festival in Perpignan, but is not in the Gallery of Florence’s main website.  Florence will show several pictures from her “Water Colors” collection at VISA OFF.

All of the pictures in this “Water Colors” collection look like paintings, but they are pictures (I swear!).  To this date, I still have no idea how Florence took these pictures.  She says it was a lot of work for her. I guess it’s a business secret…

Official titles of these pictures are Water Colors I, Water Colors II…, distinguished by the nubmers, but between Florence and I each picture has its own title (because we can’t remember which picture has what number) based on how it looks to us.  We won’t tell you what our unofficial titles are because we don’t want to limit your imagination.  So what does this picture look like to you?  What would your title be?

Jun 18
Magazine Article Photo
posted by: Assistant in Abstract, Latest News on 06 18th, 2009 | | 2 Comments »

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magazine-coverOne of the Florence’s water works, “Balloon DNA” has been published for an article in the first issue of ADT magazine. It was used to illustrate how to be creative at the time of this economic crisis. The magazine is  about art, culture, trend, sports, etc., and a quarterly publication.

It is in French, and so I have no idea what this ad is about…













By the way, there is an interesting story behind this picture.

This Balloon series photos were shot at a swimming pool of Florence’s friend’s. Florence came up with this idea, and she bought a bunch of balloons and Florence and her friend blew up 70-80  balloons manually (using their mouths and lung power). I bet their cheeks must have hurt after blowing up so many balloons. Then they put all the balloons in the pool as Florence wanted. Everything was fine up to this point, as far as I was concerned. Then disaster hit.

Some balloons ran away from the pool and flown off all over the yard!

Florence and I chased after them and tried to rescue them, but unfortunately some balloons killed themselves by landing on stingy rose bushes. Sometimes we could hear the sound of pop, but could not see them. Pop… Pop… Pop… (just like a bag of popcorn is nearly done in a microwave).

We finally found a way to keep them together in the swimming pool, but the story did not end here. Those balloons did not want to stay together like Florence wanted! No wonder some of them ran away. They must have had a huge disagreement among them. Florence wanted them at one corner of the pool, but they didn’t listen to her. Boy, weren’t they obedient! I, as Florence’s assistant had to talk some sense into them and beg them.

“Everyone, come this way. Good. That’s it. A little bit closer. Yes. You can do it. No, no, no, no, not that way. Here, this way. You are doing great. Wonderful. Smile, everyone. PLEEEASE!”

Then after several shots, some of them started to get tired. I couldn’t blame them because they had been in the water for a long time. But I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw some of them just quit working by letting the air out of their body!!!

What a crowd…

  

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