Fontainebleau, The Market

I’ve been keeping this article at bay because writing about one of my happiest places is not an easy task. Like, I don’t know whether the words or photos would give it justice. In any case, I have learned to just go with my gut feel and now it’s telling me to reminisce and share some moments from 2018 in Fontainebleau, France.

Fontainebleau (/ˈfɒntɪnˌbl/French pronunciation: ​[fɔ̃tɛnblo])[2] is a commune in the metropolitan area of Paris, France. It is located 55.5 kilometres (34.5 mi) south-southeast of the centre of Paris.  (Source: Wikipedia)

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Aside from the fantastic ambience of the whole town, what I really enjoyed during my stay here was the weekly market.

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It’s an open-air market in the city center where I found so many things to photograph. But I just used my cellphone because when people saw me with my DSLR, they tend to ask questions in French which I cannot respond to back in their language. So, to remain low-key, used my phone.

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I would have loved to have a translator or be fluent in the language so I could photograph the sellers and the people behind these stalls.

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There was an array of items to choose from from furnitures, clothes, magic carpets! 😉

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And the food – the amount of produce I wanted to indulge in was pretty spectacular. But I had my favorites.

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This candied orange covered in chocolate was my absolute treat! I got it from a Turkish seller and was every bit perfect.

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For the rest of the food I couldn’t eat alone, I just took photos.

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And of course there has to be baguette’s! And the fresh seafood was a whole other story. The scallops, I could not resist – had some of those with a bit of butter and lemon.

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I was amused to see them decorate the fish section with some roses. Trust me, you won’t see that in the Philippines.

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The fruits smelled sooooo delish!

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I really appreciated the respect they have for their produce and how they try to grow most organically (at least from what I saw in that market).

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I stayed a while by the flowers, just to appreciate them and watch the florist put together instantly beautiful bouquets which I felt represented my life at the moment.

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I wasn’t quite polished, but I found joy in the journey. And till now, it’s a process to seek that joy in everyday life.

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That’s me in the palace grounds (for another article).

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I found these old school lock and keys so charming!

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Do I feel I’ve given justice to my one of my “happy places”: nope, but that’s fine. I had a good time putting this together and I hope you enjoyed an insight to one of my travels.

 

Artist Squat (Paris)

When I was younger, I wasn’t really around many artists, so I had little clue on how they worked or their place in the “rat race”. So, imagine my surprise when I discovered that I was an artist. I was in denial for a time, but I’ve come to terms with it. Moreover, I realized that that they are an integral part of everyday lives. Imagine a life without art!

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I became a photographer in 2006 when I moved to Toronto, Canada for postgraduate studies in marketing. My family said I needed to find a job to support myself and everyone was in shock when it was a job in the field of art.

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Since then, I have had a few jobs – including corporate jobs; but I balance myself with the artist inside me. I grew up in Manila, and as of writing, art is not a priority in the country. Reasonably so, due to the socio-economic status of majority of the population.IMG_3193IMG_3197IMG_3199IMG_3203IMG_3210

When I was invited to exhibit in Paris, it was also my first time in Europe – so imagine my excitement! I researched places to go and came across 59 Rivoli’s Artist Squat. IMG_3369IMG_3368

Work by Omar Mahfoudi.IMG_3361

Imagine a place where you can interact with artists using multi-mediums and of various disciplines – SOLD!

IMG_3383I loved how Luca Pellizzari held his pencil with such grace.

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Through the work of each individual, one could truly sense the world in their mind’s eye. The following artist is David Twose.IMG_3245IMG_3255IMG_3247

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“Fuck! Pas de Wi-Fi” installation by Gaspard Delanoe.IMG_3339IMG_3328

Artist photographed below is Eve Tesorio.IMG_3365

It was a pleasure exchanging stories and delving deeper into their world.

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Sandra Chérès

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I spoke lengthily with two artists, first is Sandra because I was inspired to see how simple pages can be transformed to a piece amalgamated with such meaning.IMG_3406IMG_3405

The last artist I spoke with was Helen – absolutely adored the simple complexities in her work! It spoke so much to me and we lengthily chatted about a collaboration (if you’re reading this, I’m still on that!).IMG_3398

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Helene Fromen

How she transforms simple curves and lines into shapes and forms that invoke such emotion and meaning is a present mystery.IMG_3414IMG_3391IMG_3396IMG_3420Should I have not been traveling with one suitcase, I would have shopped for some art here. But I remain optimistic, who knows – one day I’ll return and buy tons of art from these amazing artists! If you are in a position to do so, I say visit the place and support artists.

Photos and words: @RitzMarie

59 Rivoli, Paris, France

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It is a building filled with art and creators! Need I say more!?

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Ok, fine,,, because there is an urge to do so. Let me preface this discussion in describing the experience akin to the journey Alice went through in a rabbit hole.

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Each corner in the space was like entering a creative sanctuary.

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As happenstance would have it, I found myself in this trip with Hannah Locsin who’s working her way through through the profession of modeling. We met at an event in Paris and hit it off. But, we may have really bonded when we shared the realities of our living conditions, that was a laughing matter.

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Was refreshing to go through Wonderland with another wonderer while wandering.

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There is much discomfort in a journey such as ours, but what I have come to learn is to enjoy the moment while respecting the process of growing pains.

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Ang sakit eh – rumamdam at umusbong. Grabe.

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To make the journey even more dynamic, we stepped into another artist’s corner who was inspired by her beauty.

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He even drew her to life.

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Then we continued to explore, with all eyes wide open – except for the two of our own.

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It came to be an exercise in empathy, personally speaking.

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The building on 59 Rivoli in the First Arrondissement of Paris, France is “Artist’s Squat.”

Model: Hannah Locsin (Women, Paris)
Photography: Ritz Marie

P.S.

Working on another article showing the people we met.
So, stay tuned.