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.

 

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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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!

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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

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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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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

Another Dimension (Paris)

I traveled to France for my first solo exhibition, “Stardust.” at Arbillo Galerie.

TV Coverage: RitzMarie, Paris “Stardust.” Exhibit from ritzmarie on Vimeo.

Waking up in Paris was like stepping into a world I’ve only dreamt about, which was astounding because it was like living inside a dreamscape.

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The play of light and shadows in the air was almost like watching a ballet performance unfold before my very eyes.

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The sun revealed such beauty in the day and the night sparkled like a treasure to many.

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These places and have witnessed such intense aspects of humanity – from love and war. Everything in between is just limbo for the city to recuperate from, to breathe.

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The following was written with the streets of Paris as an inspiration:

Dearest Wildfleur,

The spectrum which connects moonshine to sunlight is marvelously awakened by broken pieces of dust that once was, whose lights are yearning to rise, yet again…

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Photos & Words: @RitzMarie

Soaking in Spring (Editorial)

This editorial was inspired by Alice in Wonderland, but not to the full extent of the wardrobe. Maybe what some characters would wear during a day-off.

An editorial shot for Promo Magazine, NYC.

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KM43 x RzMcs (Poblacion)

Clients usually like a controlled environment, thus a studio setup is the go-to scenario.

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I need not elaborate on what harsh conditions can be brought about by an outdoor shoot with unpredictable weather. But, it is in my vision as an artist to have cities as my backdrops.

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KM43 is a slow fashion label focused on gaining appreciation for local weaves and textiles around the Philippines.

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One of the things I love about working with home-grown brands is that there is great room for flexible creativity. Much things can be done with a small and efficient team. When I met Kana Manglapus of KM43, it was early in the morning in the streets of Poblacion, Makati. I quickly agreed to do the shoot because it was something no other fashion brand has approached me for before.

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So when Kana approached me, I immediately said “Let’s do it!” I don’t think I even let her finish her explanation because I already sympathized with her vision.

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I was beyond happy for her when this brand hit the circuits of The Hollywood Reporter and WWD. I’m sharing these photos because I find her style so sincere and I hope that her brand goes a long way up!

 

Brand: KM43
Makeup by: Sydney Helmsley
Photos by: RitzMarie Creative Studio

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.