A little bit of this, a little bit of that

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AnAda Photo in Bonn, March 2016

My first contact with Serges LaGarde was 5 years ago when I just saw a picture of him and found a folder with some of his music selections. I knew I was going to like him and, unlike many other times, my expectations were satisfied and even surpassed.

My first visit to his house was my first (and the last) four people party. Two couples dancing their asses off all night in house with inspiration at every corner: a mask here, a sculpture there, music and nature.

“What do you do, Serges?”, “A little bit of this, a little bit of that” he answered. He finds stuff on the street and makes art out of them. It is not intentional, he’s not trying to make a statement, is just that he finds inspiration in everything. Finds something, cleans it and gives it a new life. He also paints and makes music.

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AnAda Photo in Bonn, March 2016

As many truly dedicated artists I know, he is not showing his art.  Exhibitions are boring and require too much work, he doesn’t know how to do it and doesn’t care. Creating just because it feeds him and cannot do without.

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AnAda Photo in Bonn, March 2016

Authentic in everything he does, speaking a mix of french, german and english, aware and still modest about his talent, doing everything with style.

After 5 months of Hamburg, a short visit at his house feels like a Child’s Pose after a long and challenging Vinyasa.

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AnAda Photo in Bonn

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Serge

People who’ve been following my photo journey may find that is one character who sometimes appears in my photos. That’s Serge. One of the most inspiring people I know in real life. Everything he does is authentic and charming. Sculpting, painting, playing music, eating, drinking, sleeping. He’s overwhelmingly and unapologetically himself and I try to capture that every time I meet him. IMG_0072DSC02432DSC02438DSC02461DSC02465

At Playground With Serge

He cooks the most delicious refined food, has the attitude of royalty in rugs, sculpts, paints, plays music and pissed in the garden of the most famous and old variety theater in Hamburg. That’s Serge. I adore him. These pictures were taken on his 67th birthday.

To be clear: I didn’t ask him to pose in anyway. This is simply Serge being himself and me snapping him from time to time.

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Apologies

I know, I know, It’s embarrassing! It’s been 7 months since my last post. An eternity. I was just so involved in my performance project that I just couldn’t concentrate on anything else and, almost as a destiny action: I lost my camera so I just took my time and didn’t put any extra pressure on my poor little brain.

One day I was siting at a table restaurant looking out the window watching some kids playing around on some bridge and it hit me: ” Man, I miss taking pictures! I miss this internal, observational part of my life. Hmmmm.”  And when I think something it is done!

I just went home, grabbed my old camera ( that I liked more anyway ) and started carrying around with me again. So it’s on! I’ll be back with pictures and posts from travels and everyday life. Yeah!

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AnAda Photo in Hamburg, Febrary 2016

Santillana del Mar and St. Goin

It’s been over a month since we left Mataro. We’ve been to Segovia and then some days in Santillana del Mar. Two beautiful little towns, but way too touristic for my taste. Everything, every shop felt like bullshit. I felt uncomfortable every time I bought something because I was always wondering if I got tricked. But the towns and the locals were great.

So now we’re back in France on our way to Germany. We’re in a little town called St. Goin and it feels really good to be out of the touristic zone and just … feel free.

AnAda Photo in Santillana del Mar, Spain, 2015

AnAda Photo in Santillana del Mar, Spain, 2015

AnAda Photo in St. Goin, France, 2015

AnAda Photo in St. Goin, France, 2015

 

Segovia Update 1

So, we are in Segovia and we will be for the whole month. It is a big change for me after the quiet times in Mataro suddenly coming here in an extremely touristic little town. Full of people everywhere. I just had to step back a little bit and find some candid non touristic shots and … this is what I saw.

AnAda Photo in Segovia, Spain, 2015

AnAda Photo in Segovia, Spain, 2015

AnAda Photo in Segovia, Spain, 2015

AnAda Photo in Segovia, Spain, 2015

Back on track

Hello, nice people! I know I’ve been missing a lot, but I just had to take advantage of the time spent in one place in order to put some things together for an act and I went so much into it that I couldn’t think of anything else.

So, my friends, we’ve spent the winter in Mataro, 30 min away from Barcelona and we had a blast. I totally loved it, I didn’t want to leave and I totally want to leave there. I’ve made up my mind, but it’s a long way ’till far away. We are engaged for at least 1 1/2 yr, buuuuut I hope that afterwards we will go back and settle down there. It was the perfect place to be. Quiet little town at the sea near a big cultural city like Barcelona. Splendid.

Long story short, Today we left Mataro and drove to Toledo. Many long journeys are coming and I took my camera back and I am ready to capture the world again.

Nice to be back. -cheers!

AnAda Photo Somewhere in Spain, 2015

AnAda Photo Somewhere in Spain, 2015

Still Here

Pfff, time goes by so fast. Specially when you have a new project to work on and a two year old son who needs attention. I haven’t posted anything in ages and I’m sorry, but when I’m focused on something I’m with my mind there all the time.

So, as I was saying, I am working on a new show which HAS TO be in a decent state before May when we’re going to start touring again. After that the flow of pictures is going to go back to it’s normal flow, but until then I guess I’ll be posting way less than I am accustomed to. It’s worth it!

AnAda Photo in Mataro, Catalunya, Feb 2015

AnAda Photo in Mataro, Catalunya, Feb 2015

AnAda Photo in Mataro, Catalunya, Feb 2015

AnAda Photo in Mataro, Catalunya, Feb 2015

Finally at the Dali Museum

First time we passed by Figueres it was in July and going to the Dali museum seemed a sweet fantasy since it was an immense line at the entrance, but now we live at an hour and a half from Figueres and it’s out of season so we thought it is a great opportunity to check out the museum so we jumped in the car, hit the road and, guess what? We actually made it.

… And here’s what I saw:

AnAda Photo in Figueres, Catalunya, Jan 2015

AnAda Photo in Figueres, Catalunya, Jan 2015

AnAda Photo in Figueres, Catalunya, Jan 2015

AnAda Photo in Figueres, Catalunya, Jan 2015

AnAda Photo in Figueres, Catalunya, Jan 2015

AnAda Photo in Figueres, Catalunya, Jan 2015

AnAda Photo in Figueres, Catalunya, Jan 2015

AnAda Photo in Figueres, Catalunya, Jan 2015

AnAda Artist Photo- Jordi Betran

When I was in my first year at the puppetry school, I saw this:

I was instantly in love. That simplicity, the emotion and the humour coming from that little piece of sponge … It was then that I understood that the long journey on making art must come from within, not from outside and form, or medium. I also understood that the difference between an artist and ordinary people is one of awareness. They notice, see, grab and show things, emotions and truths which are there for everyone, but not al see or comprehend.

So, yesterday I finally met one of the artists I admire the most: Jordi Betran. He came to visit us since we are almost neighbours now … and here’s what happened:

AnAda Photo in Mataro, Catalunya, Jan 2015

AnAda Photo in Mataro, Catalunya, Jan 2015

AnAda Photo in Mataro, Catalunya

AnAda Photo in Mataro, Catalunya

AnAda Photo in Mataro, Catalunya, Jan 2015

AnAda Photo in Mataro, Catalunya, Jan 2015

 

Mataro Day 1

It seems like every time we come here there is some kind of festival, party, important event for the town. Last July we arrived on Les Santes and we saw ” The Giants” walking around and all the festivities, then we arrived on Christmas and now for the Los Reyes Magos, So, what’s the thing with this festivity: The children write their letters to the three magi with what presents they would like to receive and give these letters to them on the evening of 5th of January when they walk around town in a sort of parade. On the 6th of January the kids wake up to find the presents from the Magi. So, it’s kinda like Santa with different characters. The children don’t get significant presents on Christmas, but now so the toy stores are opened until late at night for parents in need to get their presents in the last moment.

So, making a long story short, we moved yesterday, today we went to check out the parade and here’s what we saw:

AnAda Photo in Mataro, Catalunya, Jan 2015

AnAda Photo in Mataro, Catalunya, Jan 2015

AnAda Photo in Mataro, Catalunya, Jan 2015

AnAda Photo in Mataro, Catalunya, Jan 2015

AnAda Photo in Mataro, Catalunya, Jan 2015

AnAda Photo in Mataro, Catalunya, Jan 2015

AnAda Photo in Mataro, Catalunya, Jan 2015

AnAda Photo in Mataro, Catalunya, Jan 2015

AnAda Photo in Mataro, Catalunya, Jan 2015

AnAda Photo in Mataro, Catalunya, Jan 2015

New Year, New Place

We’re living some pretty confusing times. We don’t know where/if we want to settle down, so when the discussion comes to that I always vote for Barcelona and Berlin. What can I do? I lived all my life in a big city and I just feel much better in a big great city than in a small little village with not so much of a choice when it comes to places to go, things to do and people to hang out with. The key of making great things is finding people who see things in the same way you do, who can bring something new and different, but in the same direction. Take Monty Python for example: they were all great, they were all different, but they all had, more or less, the same idea about what’s funny and what’s not. So, going back to my story, I guess you have more chances to find matching people in a big city than in some small village somewhere in the country side. So, I struggled for one of those capitals and, in the end, Barcelona won. Tomorrow we’ll be leaving Sete

AnAda Photo in Sete, France, Jan  2015

AnAda Photo in Sete, France, Jan 2015

for Mataro, a nice town 30 min from Barcelona.

AnAda Photo in Mataro, Catalunya. December 2014

AnAda Photo in Mataro, Catalunya. December 2014

We haven’t decided yet, this will be only a few months trial version to see how would our life be in Spain.

So, those being said, bye bye 2014, hello 2015 and bye bye France, hello Spain!

Living la Vida Loca!

Best of 2014

If there is something I like about this time of the year is that it gives me time for reflection about the year which passed. So, seeing Facebook trying so hard to convince me to publish it’s idea of my year in photos, I thought that I should conclude this year’s postings with a best of my year in photography. Sooooooo, here we gooooooooo ….

AnAda Photo in Pforheim, Germany

AnAda Photo in Pforzheim, Germany

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AnAda Photo in Pforzheim, Germany

AnAda Photo in Villeneuve-Loubet, France

AnAda Photo in Villeneuve-Loubet, France

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AnAda Photo in Villeneuve-Loubet, France, 2014

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AnAda Photo in Hinterzarten, Germany

AnAda Photo in Dunkerque, France

AnAda Photo in Dunkerque, France

AnAda Photo in Cosswiller, France

AnAda Photo in Cosswiller, France

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AnAda Photo in Munich, Germany

AnAda Photo in Villeneuve-Loubet, France

AnAda Photo in Villeneuve-Loubet, France

And with this being said, I wish you a great new year. See you and rock on!

They say it’s Christmas

Honestly, since the whole Santa’s not real thing, in other words, since childhood, Christmas doesn’t mean anything to me anymore. Just hysteria. Christmas markets with the eternal crap, full supermarkets and … the same songs every year. Don’t let me spoil your Christmas joy, I think is great if you feel it.

So, since we are here, I offer you my Kingdom of Heaven Compilation which represents an alternative to the carols and the Christmas songs. Unfortunately, I can’t embed it, so you’ll have to click the link, don’t worry, it will open a new window.

These being said, I would like to thank to the people who followed this blog showing me their support. Hope next year we’ll get a little more personal. Hope you have a joyous Christmas.

Rock on!

Ada Totolan

http://yourlisten.com/ada.totolan/kingdom-of-heavens-compilation

Sete- The Beginning

Tadaaaaaa! Back in the South of France where the sun is shining and the weather is sweet. After a few tiering months of lots of short term trips, we finally arrived in Sete, close to Montpellier and we are slowly settling down.

Now I am also working on a show so I have to concentrate on that too, but still I managed to get out and make some sense out of the surroundings.

AnAda Photo in Sete, France, 2014

AnAda Photo in Sete, France, 2014

AnAda Photo in Sete, France, 2014

AnAda Photo in Sete, France, 2014

AnAda Photo in Sete, France, 2014

AnAda Photo in Sete, France, 2014

AnAda Photo in Sete, France, 2014

AnAda Photo in Sete, France, 2014

Popol Tribute

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Popol was trying to explain me the level of awesomeness of the girl who was doing the technics for his festival:

P: She is a wonderful woman, she is such a lovely female, she’s … she’s like a man.

Both: Hahahahahaha

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I just can’t believe I won’t see you anymore. I miss you so much.

Adieu, mon ami! Bisou.

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Aix En Provence

We arrived yesterday in Aix en Provence for another short job at a circus.  We are in a place where I am not allowed to take pictures because there are some nuclear plants around and that’s a little frustrating since there is some really beautiful nature here and I would’ve liked to take a walk and take some pictures, but I managed to get permission to take some pictures during the show.

With Milo ( my son ) hanged on me and with half an hour before his nap I got some pictures that I am … ok with and I thought you will also find interesting.

AnAda Photo in Aix En Provence, France

AnAda Photo in Aix En Provence, France

AnAda Photo in Aix En Provence, France

AnAda Photo in Aix En Provence, France

Night Clubbing

Hi there! We are in Ueltzen for a short job at the variety theatre here. Since the staying was very short, more precisely we are leaving tomorrow, I didn’t want to miss the opportunity of taking some pictures backstage. The result was not the one I expected, but it turned out fun and in a good connection with my Father and Son Project.  So I there present you Paul Ponce and his son, Pablo ( 8 years old ). A most fun circus family that I had the pleasure to meet for the first time 3 years ago in Hamburg.

While I was taking these pictures,Lili, his little 5 year old daughter, was telling me the story of an elephant ballerina and demanded a lot of attention because there were many interesting things going on in there.

I managed somehow to respond to Lili’s exciting story and take some fun pictures of the father and his (soon to be juggler) son.

Enjoy!

AnAda Photo in Ueltzen, Germany

AnAda Photo in Ueltzen, Germany

AnAda Photo in Ueltzen, Germany

AnAda Photo in Ueltzen, Germany

AnAda Photo in Ueltzen, Germany

AnAda Photo in Ueltzen, Germany

Trip To The East Europe

Where your step gets quicker, where you can’t go to the supermarket without meeting somebody you know, where your friends are and your memories are there too. Home

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AnAda Photo in Budapest, Hungary

 

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AnAda Photo in Budapest, Hungary

 

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AnAda Photo in Arad, Romania

 

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AnAda Photo in Bucharest, Romania

 

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AnAda Photo in Bucharest, Romania

New Page, New Podcast!

So, I’ve been doing these music compilations for some years now and  I finally decided to post them on this blog because music is actually my biggest passion so couldn’t help it. So from now on you’ll see a new page on the main menu: my little music sanctuary. I hope to see you there too and don’t be shy to start conversations. Suggestions, opinions are welcomed. For now there are only the latest two compilations, but the sanctuary will get bigger so check it out from time to time for new stuff.

So here is my latest compilation

And  here you have the podcast page.

Cheers!

The Father & Son Project

My father had three kids with three different women and didn’t spend time with any of them  so I grew up without a father wondering always why doesn’t he love me. Is it only because I am some kind of rebellious mischievous teenager or does he have a problem with himself, or … maybe both? But the answer never came, he died without giving me any answers, he probably just didn’t care and that was that.

Luckily for me I had a very nice step father who raised me since I was 3 years old so I did have a father figure and we were great friends, but I never felt that closeness , that confidence of ” my father will come and kick your ass if you piss me off !”, that type of  intimacy that you can’t feel with anyone else but your parents.

Perhaps that’s why I grew up to like older men and been very careful about the man who is going to be the father of my children. My child was going to have a mother and a father and not just any father, an awesome one. And so it happened because those who search shall find. It gives me great pleasure to document the relationship between my son and my husband which is very strong and tender. As you know we are an artist nomad family and that’s probably a reason why  we are more tight and nice to each other. We are all we’ve got.

So here I present you the latest pictures added to the Father & Son Project. You can see all the project on the main menu of the blog.

AnAda Photo in Budapest, Hungary

AnAda Photo in Budapest, Hungary

AnAda Photo in Budapest, Hungary

AnAda Photo in Budapest, Hungary

Family Portraits

I don’t know how time went by. It was so short and concentrated that I didn’t get to meet some of the people I wanted so much to meet, but the main reason why I wanted so much to take this trip was to see two old women of my family: my grandmother and my aunt. They’ve never met my little son and didn’t know when/if they’ll get to meet him later. So I really wanted to take their picture. I was also very happy to photograph them in their homes where they where relaxed and free.

They are very different types of women, but they are both widowed, they are both living alone in their homes. One is rich, was is poor, was has children, one has not, one likes society and the other hates it … enough chit chat, here they are.

My aunt Carmen. 80 years old

AnAda Photo in Bucharest, Romania

AnAda Photo in Bucharest, Romania

My grandma, Valeria- 76 years old

AnAda Photo in Bucharest, Romania

AnAda Photo in Bucharest, Romania

Home

We left traveling to the East of Europe and on the way I spilled a cup of tea on my computer and fucked it up so that’s why it took a while until I managed to put this post together.

We spent five days in Budapest ( photos soon to come ) and arrived finally in Bucharest to spend a week. The whole trip was very interesting for me emotionally. The closer I was getting to Bucharest ( my hometown), the closer I felt to myself and in the moment I entered Bucharest I found myself untouched, unchanged … the temper and nerves and impatience came all the way back in. Watching out for the unauthorized cabs, explaining to gipsies that we don’t want to park  where they indicate, saying no to beggars, jumping over the holes on the sidewalks, but also joyful and sarcastic friends, underground restaurants and fun places to hang out, laughs jokes and home made meals … a treat.

Romania and specially Bucharest is a place of contrasts: you see a Lamborghini in one corner of the street, a beggar in the other and a gang of hipsters in the opposite one. Long streets with an aggressive atmosphere: cars, stressed out people and then you turn left and there’s a garden with nice people eating dinner listening to Jazz. Welcome to my town … you are welcome to come, but you gotta watch your step!

For now I only have these two portraits to post. I’ll soon gather all the photos from this funny trip and make a best of East Europe Trip.

Until then … so long, my friends!

AnAda Photo in Bucharest, Romania

AnAda Photo in Bucharest, Romania

AnAda Photo in Bucharest, Romania

AnAda Photo in Bucharest, Romania

Budapest Day 2- The Puppeteer Jr.

In the last days I remembered my art school days, infinite conversations about art, it’s purpose, t’s reason, how to get there … bullshit like that. Whoever has been to any kind of art school will know exactly what I’m talking about.

Walking around Budapest, spending time with friends feeling artsy fartsy motherfuckers. So if we feel artistic, let’s give everybody the chance to feel that way, so what if they’re only 1 1/2 yr?! The results were … let’s say I was not disappointed.

AnAda Photo in Budapest, Hungary

AnAda Photo in Budapest, Hungary

 

AnAda Photo in Budapest Hungary

AnAda Photo in Budapest Hungary

Look At All The Lonely People

So, it happened! We left the south of France and slept one night here, one night there so I didn’t have time to update the blog. But now we stopped for 5 days in Budapest and we are having a blast! The weather is just incredible, the town is lovely and the food is amazing.

But, being kind of a loner myself I always feel inclined to spot the others. Here’s the ones I found today.

AnAda Photo in Budapest, Hungary

AnAda Photo in Budapest, Hungary

AnAda Photo in Budapest, Hungary

AnAda Photo in Budapest, Hungary

Villeneuve-Loubet with Love

I must admit that I wasn’t very enthusiastic when we arrived at Villeneuve-Loubet. It didn’t seem like the prettiest place to be, an industrial zone with not so much to see, not so many people and not so much of an atmosphere either compared to neighbours like Antibes or St. Paul de Vence for instance. The beach … hmmm … it wasn’t so “hot”, the water was kind of dirty so no extra point there either. We decided to stay for practical reasons: we found a good camping and it was right in the middle between Cannes and Nice.

As time went by I got around and I actually found it quite challenging as for photography is concerned because, you see, when you are in a “pretty” place it’s easier to get a good picture. The whole environment contributes to it. Try to walk on the Promenade des Anglais and there is no way you won’t get some decent pictures. There are so many interesting people, all kind of characters, street performances, you just need time, a camera and a pair of good eyes.

NOW try to do the same walk around Villeneve-Loubet which is not so popular, neither populated and you’ll find the task much more difficult. There are only some shops, some garages, some factories and the port with some restaurants (mostly empty ) and a beach. There, take the picture!

At first I was a little discouraged telling myself that every time I’ll want to take some photos I’ll have to go to the big cities, but as I got to know the place better and better I learned to discover the unseen beauty, to dig deeper, to improvise, to use what I have and … I must say that in the end I am quite pleased. I ended up with the Port Abstractions from the previous post and the pictures you see here. I’m  happy that I went through this process. It helped me in so many ways.  Now, when it’s almost over and I feel like I was just getting started I say ” Hmm, I could’ve stayed longer “, but … I alway say that.

So here you have Villeneuve- Loubet exclusively:

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AnAda Photo in Villeneuve-Loubet, France

 

AnAda Photo in Villeneuve-Loubet, France

AnAda Photo in Villeneuve-Loubet, France

 

AnAda Photo in Vileneuve Loubet, France

AnAda Photo in Vileneuve Loubet, France

 

AnAda Photo in Villeneuve-Loubet, France

AnAda Photo in Villeneuve-Loubet, France

 

AnAda Photo in Villeneuve-Loubet, France

AnAda Photo in Villeneuve-Loubet, France

 

AnAda Port Abstraction

Only a week left. We’ve been in the South of France since May so I took many walks around the port, saw it in different times of the day, different moods and tried to go deeper and deeper into it. Now we’ll soon be gone and I’ll have to say goodbye to my beloved Marina Villeneuve-Loubet, but I take some memories with me.

Port Abstraction I- Dots and Lines

Port Abstraction I- Dots and Lines

Port Abstraction II- Good Vibez

Port Abstraction II- Good Vibez

Port Abstraction III- 10:35

Port Abstraction III- 10:35

Port Abstraction IV- Roots

Port Abstraction IV- Roots

Port Abstraction V- Low Profile

Port Abstraction V- Low Profile

AnAda Artist Photo- Azul Mottola

There are many street performers in Nice, specially in the high season, the streets are full of them: Musicians, dancers, statues, everything. All of them will try to get your attention and your money.

Azul caught my attention because he seems to actually enjoy what he is doing. He’s energetic, hard working and joyful.

So, here’s some photos I took of Azul Mottola performing on the streets of Nice.

AnAda Photo in Nice, France

AnAda Photo in Nice, France

 

AnAda Photo in Nice, France

AnAda Photo in Nice, France

 

AnAda Photo in Nice, France

AnAda Photo in Nice, France

 

Abstract Urban Dream

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AnAda Photo in Nice, France

And I have a bonus for today since It’s been a while since the last post. I don’t know how many of you know that I have also a big passion for music and that I’m a music collector. How could you? You don’t even know me. Well,  I used to be a DJ at all sorts of underground parties. the Dj-ing days are gone, but the music is still there and I still make compilations from time to time just because … I love to. So here it is my latest music compilation. It lasts 2 hours so take your time and go with it. Hope you enjoy!

Trip Like I Do in Lons de Saunier or An Ordinary Day in an Unusual Place

We left Nice on Thursday to go to the Street and Music Festival in Lons de Saunier.

AnAda Photo in Lons de Saunier

AnAda Photo in Lons de Saunier

My expectations? Well, nothing really. Festival, acts, lousy food, photos and come back on Sunday. 

Hmmm, it turned out that the food was actually good, the cheese was delicious and … the atmosphere pretty surreal. Starting with a lady ( around her mid’ 50’s ) who jumped from her sit to stop me and my husband who were walking around with our little son to tell my husband how extremely good looking he is. She was looking straight at him with a “I want to fuck you NOW!” look and babbling some things in french about how gorgeous he is. She felt inclined to end up by assuring me that I am also beautiful, BUT HIM … he is TIP TOP! From the shock I didn’t think to take her picture to show her to you, but, don’t worry, you didn’t miss much, just a desperate miserable old lady. 

What? Do you want more?

AnAda Photo in Lons de Saunier

AnAda Photo in Lons de Saunier

Here! This was the first thing I saw when I went out this morning. Conclusion? Too much Eurovision will damage your health. 

Still don’t believe me? Let me ask you this? Have you ever seen a mute talking to himself?

AnAda Photo in Lons de Saunier

AnAda Photo in Lons de Saunier

You’ll have to take my word for it, he was mute. 

We are leaving tomorrow, so the adventure is not quite finished yet, but hopefully we are done. I’ll end this post with the usual Kids series, so … Lons de Saunier Kids. 

AnAda Photo in Lons de Saunier

AnAda Photo in Lons de Saunier

 

AnAda Photo in Lons de Saunier

AnAda Photo in Lons de Saunier

 

AnAda Photo in Lons de Saunier

AnAda Photo in Lons de Saunier

 

I told you it is unusual. 

Step by Step

When a chess player looks at the board, he does not see a static mosaic, a ‘still life’, but a magnetic field of forces, charged with energy – as Faraday saw the stresses surrounding magnets and currents as curves in space; or as Van Gogh saw vortices in the skies of Provence.  –  Arthur Koestler

AnAda Photo in Nice, France

AnAda Photo in Nice, France

Nice Affair

There are more than 3 years already since I came to Nice for the first time. I came to spend one week with Alex (then super fresh boyfriend). I’ve been before to Cannes and Monte Carlo so the French Riviera was not strange to me, at least that was what I thought, but Nice was different. Unlike other towns around French Riviera like St. Tropez or Cannes which are generally populated by rich snobby people

AnAda Photo in Cannes, France

AnAda Photo in Cannes, France

and you feel like you are visiting a nice place, but you don’t actually belong there, in Nice I felt comfortable immediately. I got used with it’s habitants, it’s tourists, it’s pulse, I felt like home. There is place for everybody and I mean it: everybody.

Travelers

AnAda Photo in Nice, France

AnAda Photo in Nice, France

Street performers from this

AnAda Photo in Nice, France

AnAda Photo in Nice, France

AnAda Photo in Nice, France

AnAda Photo in Nice, France

AnAda Photo in Nice, France

AnAda Photo in Nice, France

AnAda Photo in Nice, France

AnAda Photo in Nice, France

to this

AnAda Photo in Nice, France

AnAda Photo in Nice, France

Mysterious

AnAda Photo in Nice, France

AnAda Photo in Nice, France

and less mysterious bums

AnAda Photo in Nice, France

AnAda Photo in Nice, France

The music is everywhere and the magic as well

AnAda Photo in Nice, France

AnAda Photo in Nice, France

I fell in love and after a week I sat quietly on the couch trying to hear the plane leaving to Bucharest with one passenger less.

 

Port Abstractions

I have a fascination for departure/arrival points: train stations, harbours, airports. The excitement of leaving, the melancholy of returning … A promise of a new life .

While the train stations and the airports are pretty busy places where people run up and down, harbours are peaceful and still and don’t have much to offer in matters of “Street Photography”, but the stillness and the sound of the swinging boats can be a good reason to take deeper look and the ones who look shall find.

AnAda Photo in Villeuve-Loubet, France

AnAda Photo in Villeuve-Loubet, France

 

AnAda Photo in Villeneuve-Loubet, France

AnAda Photo in Villeneuve-Loubet, France

 

AnAda Photo in Villeneuve-Loubet, France

AnAda Photo in Villeneuve-Loubet, France

Travel Diary in Pictures – Netherlands and North of France

I’ve been spoiled this summer hanging out in the south of France since May. Got used to the warmth, the sun, the beach, the everyday swim and the feeling of freedom. 

It’s more than ten days already since we left the warm south for the dark north. First to the Netherlands DSC07831

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and then to the North of France in Dunkerque. 

When I packed for this trip I packed a biiiiig suitcase with summer clothes and put some long sleeve shirts just in case. I ended up wearing only the “just in case” equipment and it was far from being enough. Cold, rain and clouds everyday for 10 days.

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I am pretty weather sensitive at this sudden change fucked me up a little bit. 

In matters of photography, it was ok because I went out everyday to shoot, I shot shows DSC08265

kids, 

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artists

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So I have some new material which makes me happy, but otherwise I’m counting the hours until I will hit the road back to the south. Tomorrow we stop at Montpellier and after-tomorrow hello Nice, hello Cote d’Azur! 

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A little change

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 As you know, I kinda used this blog as a website until now. Well, no need for that because … I got a website now!! Yeey!! Which means that I’m going to change some things with this blog. I’m going to use more for discussions about photography, events, travel diary. Make it more about the process than the final product. 

So, I hope we’re going to manage to make this interesting as I turn another page on my photographic journey. 

You can check out my website on http://adatotolan.com.

AnAda Artist Photo- Electric Circus’s Mono

We had today a nice and spontaneous photo shoot with our friends from Netherlands, Electric Circus. If you never heard of them, you should. They are two puppeteers who make the cutest and funniest looking robots.  Mono is one of them.

Mono is a monkey who rides his bike looking continuously for misbehaviour and mischief scaring the hell out of the little children who don’t know what to make out of this crazy monkey who noisily rides the bike by himself. For more information about Electric Circus’s work check out their website here.

And now, ladies and gentlemen, I present you … Mono The Monkey.

AnAda Photo in 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands

AnAda Photo in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands

AnAda Photo in 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands

AnAda Photo in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands

AnAda Photo in 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands

AnAda Photo in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands

Happy Woman’s Day

I don’t take autoportraits out of vanity, but  (1)because I am the only female figure available all the time for me to shoot. We are always traveling so it’s me, my husband and our little son most of the time so I’m forced to work with what I have.  (2) And when we do meet other people, they don’t always feel like posing for me and the butterflies in my head and all that. They just want to hang out and have a good time so I shoot  them candid ( which I also love ). (3) Self portraiture gives me full control on my image. I know what I want to get and I just try and try until I get exactly what I had mind. With this being said, I wish all women a happy day full of inspiration.

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