Alain et Valerie.

Simply said… they make hats. More correctly said… they are true artisans designing and creating by hand their passion… le chapeau. Hats for ladies and gents specifically for Provence in the hot summer months. Lightweight. Airy. Exquisite craftsmanship. And pretty darn snazzy. I met them at an outdoor cafe. Later Alain told me that is what they do on a Saturday morning. Go to their favorite cafe… have a cafe… and meet friends as they stroll past. After endless hours of designing and creating hats… the cafe is a chance to relax… sit in the sun… and catch up on the “latest” with their many friends. Not exactly a Facebook encounter. One on one. Laughing. Giggling. Sharing. It is a beautifully simple life. One based on art and people. I like them. I was invited not to their shop in the village… but to their home to photograph them and the creation of… le chapeau. Some photographs can tell a story… but it is sometimes difficult to capture a passion for a craft let alone a connection between two human beings. They like each other. A lot.
I can only hope these fleeting photographic moments do their craft and them justice.

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The photographs themselves are a mixed bag of low indoor light, filtered sun light, shallow depth of field and deep focus, hand-held camera, tripod, still life and moving energetic people. A fun photographic challenge. A fun day. It is days like this and people like Alain and Valerie that have made this adventure so productive and so so enjoyable. Did I tell you she also makes a killer orange preserve?
Happy trails.

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4 comments on “Alain et Valerie.

  1. Jo Anne says:

    Another great post, Gene! Not only did you capture the beauty and charm of the hats, but also the charm and joy of these two people.

  2. geneturner46 says:

    Jo Anne!
    It was a special day for me. Without effort, they push clouds away.

  3. Such an inspiring story, grouping of photographs, insight into an idyllic life. Thanks for the uplifting post!!!

    • geneturner46 says:

      Personally, the best thing is…. on Saturday if I happen to see them at the market in the cafe sitting outside… I will be greeted with three “kisses”. It is how friends greet each other.

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