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Roger Hicks
09-29-2009, 04:06
July in the South of France is the month for the annual Rencontres d'Arles, the biggest gathering of fine art photographers in the world. In 2009 we met a couple of RFF members there. In 2010 we'd like to meet a lot more, so I thought I'd start this thread now in order to give everyone plenty of time to plan. I'll try to refresh this thread every few weeks so that Arles remains in people's minds.

You don't need fluent French, and it's not all that expensive (fine art photographers seldom have much money!). Meanwhile, take a look at my account of the 2009 Rencontres at http://www.rogerandfrances.com/subscription/arles%202009.html, which also has a link to an account of the 2008 Rencontres.

EDIT: Frances and I are now booked in (confirmed) for 2010 from July 5th. Suggestion: drinks and (if you feel like staying, instead of leaving after the drinks) dinner on the evening of the 6th, meeting on the terrace of the Hotel Voltaire, Place Voltaire (Google or use www.viamichelin.com) at 1830 (half past six). Dinner is about 10-20€/head (depending on how much you eat) plus wine (dependng on how much you drink).For Americans, 10€ = approximately $3 million --or, more realistically, at late 2009 exchange rates, $15. Wine is under 10€/litre (liter, large US quart, short Imperial quart). The opening week begins on Tuesday 6th and ends on about the following Sunday.

Cheers,

R.

kully
09-29-2009, 04:10
Hello Roger,

This has always been something that has interested me, however, I remain confused as to what happens - is it number of galleries and conferences over the course of the month in different places in Arles? Is there a special few days / week where there is a greater concentration of stuff happening?

Thanks

Roger Hicks
09-29-2009, 04:20
There are maybe 70-120 galleries, some temporary, some permanent. The opening week (early July) is THE time to be there: you can see 70-90% of the exhibitions in a few days. The conferences, screenings and other formal events (except exhibitions) are of mixed (and to me, limited) value, but the important thing is Rencontres, meetings: meeting people, seeing their work, being submerged in photography. Take a look at the links and you may get some feeling for the place.

Cheers,

R.

kully
09-29-2009, 04:23
I should have read your webpage before posting that previous post.

This does seem interesting and I could give a couple of people a lift down from SE England if things work out.

Will it be sunny? :)

Roger Hicks
09-29-2009, 04:27
Will it be sunny? :)
It rained once. But I've only been there about a dozen or fifteen times, for an average of three to five days per visit.

Cheers,

R.

Lilserenity
09-29-2009, 04:35
I'd be quite interested! I was planning on going to France next year anyway, for a week, I'm not going to have such a big walk next year and I need some proper sun :)

Turtle
09-29-2009, 05:27
I might try to escape for this if humanly possible. Sounds like bliss.

john neal
09-29-2009, 11:10
Roger,

That sounds like a good idea - would it be possible to combine that with the Le Mans 24 hour weekend (9 to 11 July), I wonder?

It would be super to see you both again.

rxmd
09-29-2009, 11:25
This sounds like an excellent opportunity.
Is there a location for the 2010 European RFF meetup yet? ;)

Florian1234
09-29-2009, 11:27
Sounds very nice, as I was interested to get there then anyways. But I'm not yet sure, because of my current status of graduating from university in December and not yet knowing what the coming year will bring me job-, time- and moneywise:rolleyes:

John Camp
09-30-2009, 15:45
Sounds interesting. I will be in Israel through the first week of July, and could stop off on the way back to the states. I'll probably be taking the m4/3, though, rather than the M8 and/or M9. Anybody know if there are good rail connections between Arles and Aix? I've long wanted to see both...and how soon would one have to make hotel reservations? Are they booked pretty early?

JC

anglophone1
10-04-2009, 09:35
Hi Roger
I'll definitely be there again,excellent few days!
Will probably park camper in the square by the river [not far from your hotel]
Best
Clive

ps Ended up doing the Ireland trip via UK one way and cherbourg the other so didn't come near you!! Maybe next time?

Roger Hicks
11-25-2009, 12:27
See update in Post 1. The 'updates every few weeks' never materialized (blame it partly on the appendicitis) but seriously, I'll try harder from now on.

Cheers,

R.

Roger Hicks
11-30-2009, 12:55
That's Clive and Dave and (I hope) Cam. Surely there are others who can make it to the biggest gathering of fine art photographers in the world? AND to an incredible number of exhibitions?

And Leica normally has a stand too...

Cheers,

R.

john_s
11-30-2009, 14:25
That's Clive and Dave and (I hope) Cam. Surely there are others who can make it to the biggest gathering of fine art photographers in the world? AND to an incredible number of exhibitions?

And Leica normally has a stand too...

Cheers,

R.

Although it's nearly 20,000km from here (Oz), there's a chance that I can make it. We're invited to a friend's daughter's wedding in France in June and we could stretch it to July.

For anyone who hasn't seen Arles, it's definitely worth the journey from wherever you are.

Roger Hicks
11-30-2009, 15:16
Although it's nearly 20,000km from here (Oz), there's a chance that I can make it. We're invited to a friend's daughter's wedding in France in June and we could stretch it to July.

For anyone who hasn't seen Arles, it's definitely worth the journey from wherever you are.

Dear John,

It's early July! (Well, fairly).

Hope to see you there! (Clive and Dave and Cam and John and...)

If your wife is not too much into photography it's still a really attractive place: see http://www.rogerandfrances.com/subscription/arles%202009.html

Cheers,

R.

john_s
11-30-2009, 21:05
.....

If your wife is not too much into photography it's still a really attractive place: see http://www.rogerandfrances.com/subscription/arles%202009.html

Cheers,

R.

Well, my wife has travelled a lot and our house is graced with Cibachrome prints of slides she took in Mexico and Central America on Kodachrome in the 1970s that put most of my efforts to shame. She used a simple Minolta 35mm semiautomatic camera that wasn't even a rangefinder (or SLR)! She has no idea why I surround myself with various esoteric cameras.

We visited Arles several years ago and it is a uniquely beautiful place.

cam
01-02-2010, 01:31
That's Clive and Dave and (I hope) Cam.

i am so behind on everything right now... (life, processing my pics -- even still from Arles, etc.)

of course i want to return! the best part, of course, was meeting up with you and Frances :D

the whole experience, for me, was a bit overwhelming and i think i am still assimilating what i learned -- from other photographers themselves (their methods and their madness) as well as the exhibits. it helped me refine what i do and do not like, what traps not to fall into, as well as how to be more comfortable with myself and the camera... better, i think, a self-learning experience than any amount of classes or workshops.

it is an experienced not to be missed for those interested in furthering their photography, both by observation and interaction. the icing on the cake, of course, is getting to meet up with others here -- especially Roger and Frances!

Michiel Fokkema
01-02-2010, 07:43
I was planing to go too, probably bring a few friends with me.
But my job is very unsecured at this moment. Will all depend if I have any money for this trip.
Now, if I could book a wedding close by, thatw ill make a difference:-)

Cheers,

Michiel Fokkema

robert blu
01-04-2010, 14:43
Since 20 years I desire to be there, maybe this year ...
robert
PS if money and wife allows it...

nico
01-04-2010, 14:55
This sounds like an excellent opportunity.
Is there a location for the 2010 European RFF meetup yet? ;)

Since 20 years I desire to be there, maybe this year ...
robert
PS if money and wife allows it...


Yes, we're working on a meet up in Florence for the 10/11 of april (there's thread about it I don't link not to hijack Roger's thread) but, of course, Arles it's very interesting (just 601km from my home) too.
Robert, we can share the car!
Ciao

kully
01-05-2010, 01:10
I don't think it is hijacking nico :-)

Here is the link for the meet in Florence - http://rangefinderforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=84338

robert blu
01-05-2010, 15:08
@nico: it is not sure yet I'll ahve a car next july...
rob

Ade-oh
01-10-2010, 07:53
I'd love to come but having just booked the family summer hols in south-west France for August, I would anticipate a dusty response from my wife if I also tried to sneak off to Arles in July...

elude
01-10-2010, 08:09
Arles is Photography's Mecca.
You'll experience, meet people, drink wine, talk about jazz & blues, maybe go in a spontaneous journey to Corsica afterward, who knows.

Bring your portfolio, it's an opportunity to share your work too ! But the most important remains the human experience. I'm so glad I have family near Arles (in Avignon), I'm a lucky man.

MartinP
03-01-2010, 13:41
This may be a daft question, but can I clarify what happens at the start of this event ? The website gives the dates as 3rd-13th July (3rd. is a Saturday) for the opening period, but Roger mentions Tuesday 6th. as the opening. Is the first weekend not open to the public ? Or, very possibly, the "Official" opening is different to the actual kickoff ? This sort of info is handy for trains and hotels of course, and the website won't have the program up for a month or so apparently.

Thanks for any clarifications . . . :)

Turtle
03-03-2010, 12:11
Really excited about this... still planning to come and looking forward to a niiiiiice break with good food, company and photography!

Roger Hicks
03-08-2010, 15:04
Really excited about this... still planning to come and looking forward to a niiiiiice break with good food, company and photography!

Frances and I sincerely hope to see you there!

Cheers,

R.

Roger Hicks
03-13-2010, 03:50
Less than four months to go! Anyone else likely to be there?

As noted in another thread, Arles is at least as much use as many 'workshops'.

Cheers,

R.

Arjay
03-13-2010, 04:39
Actually, this sounds a lot more interesting than the Florence RFF meeting. I'll look into the matter and see if I can convince my significant other.

john neal
03-15-2010, 09:35
Roger,

Sadly, the continuing lack of gainful employment means that it looks unlikely :(

If things change, I will see what can be done....

Roger Hicks
03-16-2010, 14:57
Roger,

Sadly, the continuing lack of gainful employment means that it looks unlikely :(

If things change, I will see what can be done....

Dear John,

Good luck with both employment and Arles! But especially, of course, the former. With any luck, it'll all turn around soon.

I'll burn some incense for you.

Cheers,

R.

john neal
03-17-2010, 14:00
Roger,

Thanks for the kind thoughts. I have an interview at 9 am tomorrow - I hope the smoke blows the right way!

Tashi Delek

Vince Lupo
03-17-2010, 14:37
Would LOVE to be there! Unfortunately I'll have to attend in spirit only.

One of my few decent shots from Arles.

http://i707.photobucket.com/albums/ww72/VinceLupo/Arles.jpg

Does anyone know if they still do the 'Royale' at the arena?

Michiel Fokkema
03-17-2010, 14:56
I made a deal with my three bosses here in my house.
If they can chill out on the beach I'm aloud to join you guys in Arles.

See you then!

Cheers,

Michiel Fokkema

robert blu
03-18-2010, 09:00
Not yet sure, but chances are increasing, let say 60-70 % yes...it now depends on my wife's boss...if she manage to get a free week...
robert

maggieo
03-18-2010, 09:38
I would love to be there. Cam has spoken of her time there in such glowing terms, I'd be mad not to at least try. But, I am a caregiver, so my time is not often my own.

javabean
03-20-2010, 11:39
I have been wanting to go to that part of France for a long time - I'll keen an eye on this thread. :)

parsec1
03-20-2010, 12:31
Hi Roger,
We will be in Puy Le Veque for a couple of weeks or so of 'recouperation ' in late June/July (Photographing the River Lot ).
Would be delighted to meet you both at the Arles Festival with Pauline I hope.( So long as I don't spend anymore dosh on cameras ! )

Salaam Aleikum.
Peter.

Roger Hicks
03-20-2010, 14:45
Hi Roger,
We will be in Puy Le Veque for a couple of weeks or so of 'recouperation ' in late June/July (Photographing the River Lot ).
Would be delighted to meet you both at the Arles Festival with Pauline I hope.( So long as I don't spend anymore dosh on cameras ! )

Salaam Aleikum.
Peter.

Dear Peter,

This is looking ever better!

Working backwards, you (& Pauline), javabean, Maggieo if she can, Robert, Michiel, John, Arjay, Turtle, Martin, at least one John, Clive, Cam on this page alone. More on page 1 including Dave and Vicky! If there's not enough room to eat at the Voltaire (there should be) there's the tapas bar on the same side of the square, but at the opposite end (stay on the same sidewalk and walk 40 yards/metres). I'm really looking forward to this.

If the Voltaire restaurant/bar is closed (no reason why it should be) we'll be on one of the sidewalk cafe/bars opposite. Check http://www.rogerandfrances.com/aboutus.html if you don't know what we look like.

Cheers,

R.

Roger Hicks
03-20-2010, 14:52
This may be a daft question, but can I clarify what happens at the start of this event ? The website gives the dates as 3rd-13th July (3rd. is a Saturday) for the opening period, but Roger mentions Tuesday 6th. as the opening. Is the first weekend not open to the public ? Or, very possibly, the "Official" opening is different to the actual kickoff ? This sort of info is handy for trains and hotels of course, and the website won't have the program up for a month or so apparently.

Thanks for any clarifications . . . :)

Dear Martin,

With any luck you've seen the official dates now, and read our reports of the last two shows: http://www.rogerandfrances.com/subscription/ps%20events.html. Yes, it's always a shambles. It's STILL worth going to.

Cheers,

R.

Charlie Lemay
03-20-2010, 14:59
Went a couple of years ago for the first time. Spent a lovely afternoon with Roger and Frances I won't soon forget. I wish I could afford to go every year, but alas, not his year. I highly recommend the experience and the company, and of course, the superb wine and food.

Roger Hicks
03-20-2010, 15:07
Went a couple of years ago for the first time. Spent a lovely afternoon with Roger and Frances I won't soon forget. I wish I could afford to go every year, but alas, not his year. I highly recommend the experience and the company, and of course, the superb wine and food.

Dear Charlie,

Perhaps next year at the Bar du Thym again...

Still enjoying your pics. But you have to admit, Arles can be serious overload when it comes to taking in exhibitions! And indeed other photographers' portfolios!

Cheers,

R.

telemetre
03-20-2010, 15:12
Me and my girlfriend would love to be there for the event and meet you people, but we are not very good at planning ahead.

Who knows maybe this time we can make it.

parsec1
03-20-2010, 15:12
Dear Roger,
Both of us very much looking forward to it.
Regards
Peter and Pauline.

Roger Hicks
03-20-2010, 15:16
Me and my girlfriend would love to be there for the event and meet you people, but we are not very good at planning ahead.

Who knows maybe this time we can make it.

Glad we're not the only ones! I wonder sometimes...

Quite honestly this and photokina are the only things we plan well in advance. Ahead of birthdays, wedding anniversaries, etc.

Hope to see you there!

Cheers,

R.

Charlie Lemay
03-20-2010, 16:01
Hi Roger,

Not having to review any of the exhibits lightens the experience a bit, but even if one doesn't agree with the viewpoint of many of the images on display, it is nevertheless a pleasure to be totally immersed in things photographic for a week. I stayed in Arles until the following Thursday, then did an overnight in Marseille before returning home. I loved walking around Arles on my own and making images. The town of Arles is a magical place.

Michiel Fokkema
03-31-2010, 03:56
I booked the camping.
See you all there!

Cheers,

Michiel Fokkema

Roger Hicks
03-31-2010, 12:48
Dear Michiel,

Great! Looking forward to it!

Cheers,

R.

anglophone1
04-04-2010, 15:40
Small problem, I'm now shooting the Classic Le Mans 24 hours 9-11 July.
Its the classic version so as well as elegant cars also apparently involves a degree of eccentricity and alcohol , much like

http://www.photoshelter.com/c/clive_evans/gallery/St-Moritz-Switzerland-Efficiency-or-Eccentricity/G0000z5ADLP_43uk/

which is apparently one reason why I've been asked to spend 2 days camping inside the circuit with a renegade [non-approved!] Porsche club...................
and maybe because I drive a 1974 911 carrera ;-)

Anyway it may prove to be difficult to be in both places at once, only happens every other year though.
Will see..........
Best
Clive

Roger Hicks
04-04-2010, 15:47
Dear Clive,

Hard call!

But you can be in Arles part of the time.Nothing stops us having two meet-ups there

I'm also an A.C.O. member, but then, I don't drive a Porsche. Just a 1972 Land Rover and a 1978 BMW R100RS.

If we don't see you -- well, have a great time, and there's always next year!

Cheers,

R.

anglophone1
04-06-2010, 16:39
Well I sold my 94 Harley two years back because it wasn't getting any use, and my son wrote off my Audi this time last year, total sum siiting in "car fund " since then = EUR 17k.
Finally decided I needed a car, so either a new Blandmobile [Ford Focus ?] or a 1974 2.7 Porsche carrera, another tough call ??
Best
Clive

javabean
04-19-2010, 08:13
Dear Roger,


What days is the Arle meet planned for ? I see that the exhibition lasts about 2 weeks, and that you booked for July 5.

Nearby, there are several fantastic areas to visit, also for photographers; are those also part of the program perhaps ? Are others interested to go there too ?

Kind regards,

javabean.

Roger Hicks
04-19-2010, 11:24
Dear Javabean,

FROM July 5th. Meeting July 6th. I'm there for a week, because I've already been there many times (= lots of pics already taken). I'd recommend several days at least, and the first week is definitely the time to go.

Cheers,

R.

Roger Hicks
04-26-2010, 13:58
About ten weeks to go, folks...

Cheers,

R.

robert blu
04-28-2010, 12:52
Planning to arrive on sunday but other people are i nvolved and not yet sure. Corssing my fingers !
robert

john neal
04-30-2010, 12:16
About ten weeks to go, folks...

Cheers,

R.

Oh Roger, do stop it!

I finally managed to land a temporary contract, so have some money coming in, but it runs through July, so I won't be able to make it :(

Will have to come and annoy you some other time :angel:

Hope you all have fun

Roger Hicks
04-30-2010, 12:22
Oh Roger, do stop it!

I finally managed to land a temporary contract, so have some money coming in, but it runs through July, so I won't be able to make it :(

Will have to come and annoy you some other time :angel:

Hope you all have fun

Dear John,

To quote Wilde, "Work is the curse of the drinking classes!"

Never mind: next year. And Robert: my fingers are crossed for you too (as the bishop said to the actress).

Cheers,

R.

Roger Hicks
05-20-2010, 14:40
Just over six weeks to go...

Cheers,

R.

robert blu
06-01-2010, 09:58
We 'll be in Arles, arriving on sunday 4th and leaving on monday 11th. But since friday till manday we'join some friends from our village for a few excursions in the area, on the Van Gogh tracks.
Not yet decide what to do in Arles, probably just looking around and...why not taking some pictures...see you in a few weeks
robert

andreios
06-01-2010, 12:58
This is so tempting.. I`ll be on a holiday in the Switzerland w/ my family at the time, some 8 hours driving from Arles.. I was toying with the idea to visit Arles from Switzerland but I think it won`t work - I`d prefer not to spend half of my holiday behind the wheel and our little son doesn`t enjoy being in a car during the day either. So perhaps I could plan my summer holiday better for next year. I wish all those that will visit Arles to have great time, I hope I`ll be enjoying myself taking pictures of Alps and nothern Italy instead of viewing them in France. :)

robert blu
06-19-2010, 13:33
Received today my 12 rolls of Kodachrome to use during the week in Arles, just hope to find the right colors there ! But I'll have a few deltas with me, just in ccaes...
robert
PS I'll stay at Mas des Piboules, Fourques, a little outside Arles, hope not too far.

Michiel Fokkema
06-20-2010, 03:31
Just a few weeks to go!
Can't wait, but which camera to take?
The small and comfortable Leica M, the Contax 645 for flexibility and outstanding IQ.
BUt how about the wildlife in the Camargue I like to shoot too. That calls for long glass on a digital body, or at least a slr. So many choices and decisions. Wish I had just one camera.

Cheers,

Michiel Fokkema

Roger Hicks
06-20-2010, 04:29
Just a few weeks to go!
Can't wait, but which camera to take?
The small and comfortable Leica M, the Contax 645 for flexibility and outstanding IQ.
BUt how about the wildlife in the Camargue I like to shoot too. That calls for long glass on a digital body, or at least a slr. So many choices and decisions. Wish I had just one camera.

Cheers,

Michiel Fokkema

Dear Michiel,

M.

I always find that if I try to fit in too many things -- Arles AND wildlife, for example -- I end up dping neither/none of them well.

It's normally quite hot, so you don't want to be carrying lots of heavy kit, and you don't want to leave it at the hotel/campsite or in the car, so less is more.

I'll have an M9 and two lenses: 35 Summilux and 75 Summicron. Frances will have either an MP or an R2, with 50 Summarit and 18 Zeiss. And we may carry an old M2 or an M8 as a backup.

Cheers,

R.

Michiel Fokkema
06-20-2010, 04:34
Dear Michiel,

M.

I always find that if I try to fit in too many things -- Arles AND wildlife, for example -- I end up dping neither/none of them well.

It's normally quite hot, so you don't want to be carrying lots of heavy kit, and you don't want to leave it at the hotel/campsite or in the car, so less is more.

I'll have an M9 and two lenses: 35 Summilux and 75 Summicron. Frances will have either an MP or an R2, with 50 Summarit and 18 Zeiss. And we may carry an old M2 or an M8 as a backup.

Cheers,

R.

You're right of course. Probably end up with an M7 and few lenses.
We camp at the sea in the middle of the Camargue. The plan is to rent a bicycle and explore the Camargue in the early morning. Probably keep a 135 elmarit at hand just for that.

Cheers,

Michiel Fokkema

robert blu
06-20-2010, 14:11
my plan is M7+35 and 50 mm lenses. As back up (and short distance ) FM 2 + 50mm 1,4 AIS. This reminds me that I have the 20mm F2,8 for the FM2 when I have no 20 mm lens for the leica (too expensive!). Not sure yet what my wife Simo will use.
robert
PS I'll bring some picture of a work in progress...just in case...

MartinP
06-20-2010, 14:36
Well, I'll be staying on the camp-site of Arles from 5th - 12th as I was too late to book anything except about a 28-star [approx.] hotel, with my local transport courtesy of a hired bicycle. Travelling from home via Brussels then a TGV to Nimes. The online booking thingy doesn't want to work at the moment, so I hope someone fixes it tomorrow morning during the working week.

Regarding camera stuff ? Well, I expect to be going to Arles to look and absorb, rather than to make photos - plus I shan't leave much gear behind in the tent each day of course. Just one M body and 21/50, maybe the little Rollei 35 too for colour. (And more film than I expect to need).

Roger Hicks
06-20-2010, 23:55
Well, I'll be staying on the camp-site of Arles from 5th - 12th as I was too late to book anything except about a 28-star [approx.] hotel, with my local transport courtesy of a hired bicycle. Travelling from home via Brussels then a TGV to Nimes. The online booking thingy doesn't want to work at the moment, so I hope someone fixes it tomorrow morning during the working week.

Regarding camera stuff ? Well, I expect to be going to Arles to look and absorb, rather than to make photos - plus I shan't leave much gear behind in the tent each day of course. Just one M body and 21/50, maybe the little Rollei 35 too for colour. (And more film than I expect to need).

Dear Martin,

I know what you mean about the 28-star hotel! I once left booking too late too...

As for absorb, etc., yes, absolutely, but the place is INCREDIBLY photogenic.

Cheers,

R.

anglophone1
06-21-2010, 05:49
I had my camper on the same camp site last year, about 15-20 mins [uphil!!] in to town by bicycle and 10 mins back.
The "ateliers SNCF" exhibitions [at least half of the shows and where portfolio reviews are held] are halfway between the two.
Get yourself a weeks "pro" badge that lets you into everything.
Clive

Well, I'll be staying on the camp-site of Arles from 5th - 12th as I was too late to book anything except about a 28-star [approx.] hotel, with my local transport courtesy of a hired bicycle. Travelling from home via Brussels then a TGV to Nimes. The online booking thingy doesn't want to work at the moment, so I hope someone fixes it tomorrow morning during the working week.

Regarding camera stuff ? Well, I expect to be going to Arles to look and absorb, rather than to make photos - plus I shan't leave much gear behind in the tent each day of course. Just one M body and 21/50, maybe the little Rollei 35 too for colour. (And more film than I expect to need).

robert blu
07-01-2010, 10:13
Dear Roger, I just look again at your reports from previous Arles visit and I'm really impressed by the variety of photo opportunities. I'm a little (just a little!) afraid to be ...confused when in Arles about what to photograph and how ! Maybe better just to concentrate on looking at exhibitions at leat in the beginning ! ciao
robert

Roger Hicks
07-01-2010, 12:16
Dear Roger, I just look again at your reports from previous Arles visit and I'm really impressed by the variety of photo opportunities. I'm a little (just a little!) afraid to be ...confused when in Arles about what to photograph and how ! Maybe better just to concentrate on looking at exhibitions at leat in the beginning ! ciao
robert

Dear Robert,

There's LOTS to shoot, with a minimal outfit, so it'll just come naturally. See you Tuesday! We're off tomorrow...

(Although the site said it started on the 5th, the latest information is the 3rd. But I doubt anyone will miss much by arriving later. We're stopping at a spa on the way and not arriving until Monday).

Cheers,

R.

Arjay
07-02-2010, 11:49
Hi all, unfortunately, I won't be able to attend this year's Arles meeting. :(

Some important invoices are still open, and business could be better. I do hope things will look better next year.

I wish you all interesting and inspiring days in Arles, and I hope that I'll be able to come next year.

MartinP
07-17-2010, 13:48
Hmmm, no-one has posted after Arles ?

I got safely back home to this corner of NL to discover that the warm weather there (hotter than Arles) ended in a large storm, followed a day later by an even bigger one.

The TGV worked out fine and the campsite was even nearer the towncentre than I'd expected, so easy walking distance to almost everywhere. The Abbaye de Montmajour was only a twenty minute, one euro, bus-ride so that was ok as well.

There is a lot to see in Arles, and the official program of events is only about half of the possibilities. I even saw a student-photographer with his 'gallery' set up in a garage down a backstreet - he laughed about it and said 'if you lift a stone round here you will find an exhibition underneath'.

With the rest of my holiday plans it will be a few weeks before I get through the developing and contacting of the film I shot. Roger was right, Arles really is photogenic.

And not forgetting that it was very interesting to meet up with Robert & Simo, Michiel and Roger & Francis in Place Voltaire. Lots of interesting discussion, some of it even related to photography :)

Unless I am up a mountain somewhere (another hobby), I'll go again next year.

robert blu
07-24-2010, 02:45
Ciao everybody,
Simo and me had a good time in Arles, but the temperature...
Martin is right: there are photo everywhere, official or alternative, many different styles. I feel we only saw 40 % of what was to be seen. In some cases even difficult to decide which exhibition to see. As secret lover of Polaroid I appreciated much the two exhibition about. But also saw good B&W and color pictures. Due to my age how could I have not appreciated the great exhibition about Mick Jagger ? It s a pity that Leibovitz pictures were missing alhough mentioned on the catalog, but we guess the reason. In some cases even the location were interesting. I shot 10 rolls of K 64 (just send for development, hope to receive back end of august) and two rolls of fuji (provia and velvia) the first day, just to warm up! Simo shot about 10 rolls c41 which I'll edit in the next days in order to prepare a collection out of it. My main computer is out for upgrading so i cannot scan and post anything now. I'll do later. For sure we plan to go to Arles again next year and maybe we'll look for a small place anywhere to show some of our pictures! It was good to meet friends from RFF and we arre waiting to read Roger's report about Arles. Ciao,
robert and simo
PS selection of our Arles and Provence pictures will be post after summer holiday on RFF gallery.

Roger Hicks
07-24-2010, 03:26
My 2010 report is with the webmaster and should (insh'Allah) appear soon: about 6000 words and 44 pictures. For comparison I normally reckon on 60,000 words and 250 pictures for a whole book...

It was great to meet Martin, Robert and others and I hope there'll be more there next year. (Including Cam. Where are you, Cam?)

Cheers,

R.

Michiel Fokkema
07-26-2010, 03:45
It was great for sure and really hope to go next year again.
If I have time I'll collect my 8 rolls of velvia this week. Then the wedding backlog has to be done. Then more weddings. Scanning these slides is scheduled for this winter. Or maybe next winter.

Cheers,

Michiel Fokkema

robert blu
08-19-2010, 12:40
@ Michiel: I like winter time (not so hot as a few days ago!) and I'll wait to see some of your Arles pictures. Hope that meantime my KR64 will be back (and I'll have scanned as well!) so we'll have something to see...ciao
robert