Oct 27
2009 Calendars
posted by: Assistant in Latest News on 10 27th, 2008 | | No Comments »

Two calendars are now available for purchase via Florence’s RedBubble site.

“Japan in the eyes of a French photographer”

“China in the eyes of a French photographer”

Unfortunately, calendar part is very basic (no holidays) and English only.

RedBubble is offering FREE SHIPPING on any order to anywhere in the world. Just enter the coupon code “100000masterpieces” during the checkout process. Offer ends October 30, 2008 at 23:50 (GMT).

Oct 20
fnac exhibition
posted by: Assistant in China, Latest News on 10 20th, 2008 | | No Comments »

Did you watch this year’s Beijin Olympic opening ceremony? If you did, you may still remember the power and beauty that China showed us through the ceremony. Now it’s Florence’s turn. She will show us the China she saw.

Florence’s photos from Yunnan, China will be exhibited at the famous fnac store! This is an opportunity to view the striking colors that China had to offer in print. There will be some photos that are not on her website. So be there!

Title: Province de Yunnan, Chine

Date: Du lundi 20 octobre 2008 au samedi 15 novembre 2008

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

Web: Fnac Magasins

Oct 6
International Photography Awards 2008
posted by: Assistant in Latest News on 10 6th, 2008 | | 10 Comments »

Los Angeles, California — International Photography Awards (IPA) announced the winners of this year’s IPA Photographer of the Year Awards.

Florence was awarded:

Honorable mention in Nature in non-professional category for her entry, “Traveling Ant“.

Honorable mention in Fine Art in non-professional category for her entry, “Water Colors“.

Honorable mention in People in non-professional category for her entry, “Geisha“.

(This picture will be viewed at Florence’s main website soon.)

Click here for a list of honorable mentions at the IPA website.

About IPA
The 2008 International Photography Awards has received over 22,000 submissions from 124 countries across the globe. IPA’s mission is to salute the achievements of the world’s finest photographers, to discover new and emerging talent, and to promote the appreciation of photography. Since 2003 IPA has had the privilege and opportunity to acknowledge and recognize contemporary photographers’ accomplishments in this specialized art form.
Visit www.photoawards.com.

Jun 14
Crying Tigger
posted by: Assistant in Japan, Travel on 06 14th, 2008 | | No Comments »

Crying Tigger

We ran into a cute Tigger at Osaka Tenmangu Shrine during the new year festival, but neither Florence nor I knew she was crying until we saw this picture later on. In fact, she was a happy Tigger when we first found her. Look!

Happy Tigger

She was eating something and looked happy, but then what happened? What did you do to her, Florence!

Well, I’m sure she got scared when she saw a huge black camera with a big long lens right in front of her face. Or maybe she had never seen a “foreigner” before…

Don’t worry. Her mother was right there with this little Tigger. We asked the mother if it was OK to take a picture of her cute girl. The mother said, “Please.” She even made this little one say “arigato” (thank you) to Florence.

Thank you, cute little Tigger girl (and sorry if we scared you)!

Other Japan pictures will be on Florence’s main website soon. It’s been taking longer than we expected, but I’ve been working really hard. Please be patient and stay tuned!

Jun 6
Silver Bicycles
posted by: Assistant in Japan, Travel on 06 6th, 2008 | | No Comments »

Silver Bikes

This is another Japan picture taken in America-mura, Osaka.

There is nothing special, nothing really “Japanese” about this photo, but both Florence and I really like it.

Does anybody know what the sign says?

By the way, according to Florence, many people have asked her when her Japan photos will be uploaded to her main website. I will work on it this weekend. So stay tuned!

May 26
Big Success!
posted by: Assistant in Japan, Latest News on 05 26th, 2008 | | No Comments »

L’Instant Japon was a BIG success!

A lot of people attended this event, and many many people came to see Florence’s pictures throughout the three days. Thank you all!!!

Florence exhibited 18 pictures, and this one, “Sacred Temple” was the most popular of all:

Sacred Temple

This photo was shot at Okunoin, Koyasan. The temple is called Torodo (Lantern Hall), and those two designs represent Shingon Buddhism. Florence was lucky to have been able to capture this shot because the purple curtain was taken down shortly after this shot.

Back to l’instant Japon –

There were exhibitors of Japanese ceramics, knives, bonsais, mangas, origami, carpentry, etc. Lectures and presentations were given. Movies were shown. Shakuhachi concert was held. There were also demonstrations of various Japanese martial arts such as aikido, kendo, and kyudo as well as demonstrations of traditional tea ceremony. All that Japan!

What surprised me was that most exhibitors, lecturers, presenters, musicians, and demonstrators were non Japanese. They were French. In fact, it was very interesting to see some of those French people dressed properly in martial arts uniforms and behaved like Japanese. They looked even more Japanese than many Japanese people.

Many Japanese nowadays do not care much about those traditions. They are more interested in Western cultures. On the other hand, more and more Western people are becoming interested in learning Japanese traditional cultures.

Due to this big success, l’Instant Japon officials made a public announcement during the event about l’Instant Japon 2009. Florence has got a very good reason to visit Japan this year again!

May 12
Koi Fish
posted by: Assistant in Japan, Travel on 05 12th, 2008 | | 5 Comments »


This Japanese carp is called Nishikigoi. Florence loves them as they appear in some of her film work.

At a hotel in Takayama, there were many of them in the garden. Needless to say, Florence got very excited and spent hours taking pictures of them (again). She wanted me to gather them into certain areas where there was enough light and no object. I did my best to draw their attention by talking to them, clapping my hands …

By the way, average life expectancy of a Nishikigoi is 60 years, and some of them could cost $100,000.

May 8
Photography Homepages
posted by: Assistant in Latest News on 05 8th, 2008 | | 2 Comments »

Photography Homepages

Florence’s main website has been accepted by Photography Homepages – Directory of links to the world best photography websites. It is listed in Fine Art Photography and Travel Photography categories.

They seem very selective and other websites listed there are really nice. Here is what they say:

Photography Homepages aims to catalogue only the very best in photography related web content. The directory was born out of a frustration with larger search engines and photography link sites which are automated and include just about any website, with little thought to quality, meaning you have to search through thousands of low quality sites to find the best photography on the web. … each site is considered by a human being passionate about photography and dedicated to making a high quality directory.

Photography Homepages Fine Art Category

Apr 21
American in Osaka
posted by: Assistant in Japan, Travel on 04 21st, 2008 | | 1 Comment »


We met this cool guy in front of an American clothing store in America-Mura (American village), Osaka. We tried to talk to him, but he didn’t say anything. Instead, he stroke this really cool pose for Florence.

America-Mura (or Amemura) is one of the hippest fashion districts in Osaka. There were lots of funky/strange style (in my eyes) young Japanese people there like these gals:


(These gals were not in America-Mura when this picture was taken, but you know what I mean when I say “funky/strange” style in my eyes.)

Apr 13
posted by: Assistant in Japan, Travel on 04 13th, 2008 | | No Comments »


We were going to visit a small temple called Jizoin in Kyoto that day. On the way there, we accidentally found this bamboo forest. Bamboos are nothing out of ordinary for me, but Florence was fascinated by them. She could have spent the entire day there taking pictures of bamboos, and we could have never reached Jizoin which was a few blocks from the bamboo forest.

Bamboo forests are mysterious. Inside the forest, it was dark and chilly. We could hear bamboos squeaking, leaves rustling, trunks bumping against each other, etc. Then after we passed through this forest, there was a cemetery!

The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter is a 10th century Japanese folktale. It is also known as The Tale of Princess Kaguya.

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