Chris Wormald – A Photographer's travel blog.

Normandy: Heritage Days

The Painter and his Model.

The Painter and his Model.

Journées Européennes du Patrimoine or Heritage Days are a good opportunity for photographers to grab images that would take a lot of organising if it were not for organisations that enter into the spirit of the occasion and open historic buildings either as a “one off” or reduce the usual cost of entry and/or put on special events or themes.

The middle of September is a good time to head off to a nearby stately home or Châtéau after finding out if they have anything special going on.

Beautiful 19thC Model

Beautiful 19thC Model

Le Châtéau du Crèvecœur puts on a good show! This year the theme was a 19th century visit (imagined or real) of a group of Impressionist Painters and their models, and also more usual demonstrations of craft work, building techniques, and the culinary arts of the same period.

A 5€ entry fee allowed access to all the goings on and fully charged batteries on the Fuji XE1 ensured the wherewithal to capture some of what was afoot.

The Family at Lunch.

The Family at Lunch.

Afterwards, I edited and made images that imitated 19th presentation of the “new and exciting” medium of photography.

A Gentile Picnic Lunch for the artists.

A Genteel Picnic Lunch for the artists.

Cooks in the Kitchen.

Cooks in the Kitchen.

Servants at Lunch

Servants at Lunch

Artists discuss their work.

Artists discuss their work.

Lovely Flirty Servant!

Lovely Flirty Servant!

19thC Food Preparation.

19thC Food Preparation.

The demonstrations of techniques also photographed well. 

The Clay Oven.

The Clay Oven.

Colombarge.

Torchis.

Lace Making.

Lace Making.

Gently Spinning.

Gently Spinning.

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