Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Fort Lauderdale is sometimes known as the « Venice of America » because of its expansive and intricate canal system. It is also a paradise for retired people and tourists from the Northern States, like this girl. April 2013. Fort Lauderdale est parfois surnommée la « Venise de l’Amérique » à cause de son réseau important et…

Rethymno, Crete

Rethymno is one of the most interesting locations in Crete with Venetian and Turkish influences. In the streets, you may meet these very proud old ladies dressed in black. August 2013. Réthymnou est un des endroits les plus intéressant de Crète avec des influences vénitiennes et turques. Dans les rues, on peut croiser ces vieilles…

Ankpa, Nigeria

Masquerades are a traditional cultural expression in many parts of Nigeria. I took this picture in the small town of Ankpa in Kogi state. Masked people may even go into a trance and as a photographer you do not always feel comfortable. March 1990. Les processions masquées sont une expression culturelle traditionnelle dans beaucoup de…

Tokyo, Japan

This Japanese lady with sophisticated make-up and affected gestures is a real geisha. Geishas are elegant hostesses working for wealthy clients, whose life is dedicated to traditional Japanese arts. Their education costs their family a fortune. Their number is constantly decreasing in Japan. February 2012. Cette Japonaise au maquillage élaborée et aux gestes maniérés est…

Siena, Italy

The Palio di Siena (known locally simply as Il Palio) is a horse race that is held twice each year, on July 2 and August 16 on Piazza del Campo. Ten horses and riders, dressed in the appropriate colors, represent ten of the seventeen contrade, or city wards. Throughout the year, parades like this one…

Burano, Italy

You would think these two old ladies live in a remote Mediterranean village but this is not the case. Burano is a small island in the Venice lagoon, located just a few miles from Piazza San Marco. It is famous for its lace and coloured houses. November 2001. On pourrait croire que ces deux vieilles…

Ubud, Bali

Gamelan music, candle lights and stone statues. A young shy girl shows up in the yard of the Lotus palace in Ubud. In the traditional Legong, dancers wear incredible costumes and have wide-eyed facial expressions. August 2004. Musique de gamelan, bougies et statues de pierre. Une jeune fille timide apparaît dans la cour du palais…