In the year 1066, William the Conqueror invaded England from these shores of Normandy, France. My ancestors, the Cheney Clan were a part of that invasion, so I am told. I thought that after almost a thousand years it was time to pay my true homeland a visit. Perhaps they thought the grass greener or the cliffs whiter on the English side, but I’m not sure why they left this amazing place.
So that brings me to this: While I was not actively looking for my relatives, I happened upon this interesting fellow named Hervé dancing on the beach with kelp on his head. Knowing my family as I do, I would not be surprised if there was a strong genetic link.
And so, after finding my noble lineage, I took my rightful place
Côte d’Amour, France
Côte d’Amour, France
Vallée des Saints, Bretagne, France
Ghost of an Indian Chief. Bretagne, France
Clammer, Trégastel, Bretagne
In January of 2014 I returned to South Asia for a second time. My partner Lucie and I would spend six weeks in Sri Lanka before returning to India for 6 weeks. I didn’t know what to expect from Sri Lanka, but thought it might be like a “little India”. It totally isn’t. Sri Lanka and India are so completely different in culture and environment, and Lucie and I were treated to a fascinating adjustment to our presumptions.
Travelling by bus, train and motorbike through Sri Lanka was like living a dream. The beauty of the land, the abundance of wildlife, and the wonderful hospitality of everyone we met made us want to stay forever.
Returning to India we revisited some favourite places – Gokarna, Mumbai, Pushkar and Bundi. At the end of March the searing heat encouraged us to leave the Rajasthani desert and return to cold and wet eastern France.
Here is a selection of photos from our three month trip.
Nikkie & Aaron’s wedding was held at the beautiful Rocky Crest Resort on Lake Joseph in Muskoka, Ontario. If you’ve never been to Muskoka in October, perhaps some of these photos will give you a taste of what you’re missing.
On a glorious fall afternoon Nikkie and Aaron put together a day to be remembered, surrounded by so much love and laughter. They brought loads of fun and enthusiasm to their engagement session this summer, and a boat-load for the big day.
Here are Sarah and Andrew, they can’t stop laughing and its infectious.
I’ve known Andrew for ten years and would see him almost every day. He always has a story, a joke, an insight. How happy it makes me to see him with such a beautiful, intelligent, and equally funny lady such as Sarah. I’m sorry to be missing your wedding, but I wish you all the best and a wonderful life together. xoxoxo
What is it that makes a great couple? The answer for many is elusive. Some of us spend our lives looking for the perfect connection, our perfect match. When I met Nikkie and Aaron it was clear immediately – their love is intimate and tender, it’s cheeky and playful, and it’s open for us all to see. Throughout this shoot they were like teenagers in love, giddy to be in each others presence and unafraid to express it, even though beforehand they told me how shy they are. Sorry guys, I just don’t see it. Your October Muskoka wedding can’t come soon enough.
On January 2nd, 2013 I boarded a plane for India, something I’ve wanted to do for over a decade. The last time I booked a flight to India, 9/11 happened two days before my departure and I ended up in Vietnam instead. But this time nothing stopped my attempt. I landed in Dehli, and skipped directly over to Udaipur, Rajasthan to begin my journey. As a photographer I spent a lot of time thinking about what gear to take, and eventually left my usual “wedding kit” at home. Instead of taking the Canon 5D’s, I took my iPhone 5 and my trusty Leica M6, a 35mm f1.4 lens and a bunch of film. These photos are the Leica/film view of my trip, which lasted about 3 and a half months. However the iPhone quickly became the primary vehicle for documenting my travels, uploading around 10 photos a day to Instagram.
This trip felt long, but in retrospect was not nearly long enough. India is such a massive place, both geographically and culturally. That’s why this fall I again plan to travel through India, but also Sri Lanka and hopefully Nepal.
These photos are moments captured throught my trip, not exactly telling a cohesive story, but representing India as I experienced it. They are glimpses into and incredible and beautiful place and the people who live there.
Greetings from Canada. That’s right I’m back. After 4 months in India and a month in France I am back on home turf trying to figure out how to deal with so many photos from such an incredible trip. For now I select just one to keep this blog looking good till I sort through the pile.
The wilderness is all about the elements – clear water, lichen-covered rock, crisp air, sunshine, rain, majestic trees, birds chirping, stillness. Into this perfect setting Kirstyn and Marino brought their own essential elements – family and friends from around the world, bonfires and sparklers, beautiful memories of loved ones lost and, of course, their love and tenderness for each other.
Another element that became evident is the friends and family who know how to own a dance floor. Just when I thought the dancing was going to taper off, it would explode in a fresh wave of moves being busted by young and old. They came to get down, and get down they did.