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)

Bleau27

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

Bleau11

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.

Bleau15Bleau16

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.

Bleau14Bleau13Bleau12Bleau10

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

Bleau05Bleau08Bleau23Bleau19

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

Bleau36

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

Bleau07Bleau31Bleau06Bleau22

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

Bleau20Bleau21

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.

Bleau32Bleau33Bleau34Bleau38Bleau39

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

Bleau24Bleau25

The fruits smelled sooooo delish!

Bleau18Bleau35

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).

Bleau17

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.

Bleau04

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.

Bleau01

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

Bleau29

I found these old school lock and keys so charming!

Bleau30

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.

 

The Sanchez Family

One could say I’m not a very traditional photographer. I don’t come in and meet a client for just an assignment, I am in it for the experience.

IMG_3855IMG_3806

Though I don’t post much of the work I’ve done in the realm of family portraits here on my site, the opportunity was too good to pass not to post the photos of this particular family. So I asked their permission to write a story about it.

IMG_3753

These photos were taken during a visit to Germany and as the photo shoot was going on, someone was playing the guitar and the music just brought everything to a realm of love.

IMG_3779IMG_3749

Their beautiful children were only fluent in Spanish, so I found myself in a challenging situation trying to direct them at times.

IMG_3897IMG_3883

But they were so naturally in-tuned with each other as a family that the beauty shone rightfully through every photo.

IMG_3707IMG_3708

by: @RitzMarie
Models: Sanchez’s
Location: Germany

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!

IMG_3432IMG_3428

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.

Artist: Luigi La FerlaIMG_3185IMG_3172IMG_3166IMG_3159

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.

IMG_3378

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

IMG_3274IMG_3347

“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.

IMG_3227
Sandra Chérès

IMG_3218IMG_3217

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

IMG_3400
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