I walk on the dike leading to the Gacholle Lighthouse and feel like I am walking without moving forward. The hours go by and the lighthouse still seems so far away. Mosaics of lagoons and immense and shallow sansouires extend around me. And in the distance, the sea. The horizon as far as the eye can see. Distances are misleading in this kind of environment. Everything seems so close. In the distance I can see a multitude of little white dots lounging on expanses of water shining in the late afternoon sun. Groups of seagulls, ducks, Cattle egrets and other wading birds. Their songs heard for kilometers. A strong buzzing followed by a sting on my arm tells me that mosquitoes are out. It is late afternoon in Camargue and I am looking for Greater Flamingos.

John Doe

I walk on the dike leading to the Gacholle Lighthouse and feel like I am walking without moving forward. Mosaics of lagoons and immense and shallow sansouires extend around me. And in the distance, the sea. The horizon as far as the eye can see. Distances are misleading in this kind of environment. Everything seems so close. And yet. The sky is full of strange black clouds. In the distance I can see a multitude of little white dots lounging on expanses of water shining in the late afternoon sun. Groups of seagulls, ducks, Cattle egrets and other wading birds. Their songs heard for kilometers. A strong buzzing followed by a sting on my arm tells me that mosquitoes are out. It is late afternoon in Camargue and I am looking for Greater Flamingos.

John Doe

CHAPTER VI

A step towards future

After five years of travel, I am back in France with the desire to get started in the future. The first step involves the creation of content reflecting my skills and intended for my candidacy in the University of Bristol Wildlife Filmmaking Course. During my second step, I return to Chamonix to work in hospitality and face the onset of a global epidemic.

CHAPTER VI

A step towards future

After five years of traveling, here I am back in France with the desire to get started in the future. The first step is to create content reflecting my skills and intended for my candidacy in the University of Bristol Wildlife Filmmaking Course. During my second stage, I returned to Chamonix to work in catering and faced the onset of a global epidemic.

Dispatches

1 · Walks in Camargue
Nature and animals. The world around me. During the months of November, December 2019 and January 2020, I work on the creation of videos, photographs and articles on the subject of the Camargue and more broadly on the theme of flora and fauna. I seek to develop my understanding of the environment around me and my observation of wildlife.

2 · Alps, work and virus
After Camargue, I am back in Chamonix in February 2020 for a second season in the hospitality industry, while waiting for the response of my application at Bristol. As I have been working for several weeks, a global health crisis begins following the emergence of a new virus and the world finds itself quarantined.

Greater Flamingos in Camargue, France © Claire Blumenfeld

Pink feathers

Pink, red and white. Poetic impressions about the Flamingo of Camargue.

Greater Flamingos in Camargue, France © Claire Blumenfeld

Flamingo ballet

Movements of a colony of Greater Flamingos illustrated through rhythm and repetition.

Flora, Camargue, France © Claire Blumenfeld

Land of nature and men

What is Camargue? How have history and human exploitation shaped this deltaic plain? And what are the current challenges for the natural environment?

The Sainte Baume range, Provence, France © Claire Blumenfeld

End of the year in Provence

Stroll in the Provencal landscapes in winter, rediscovery of the Garrigue and conclusions about this end of a decade.

A butterfly Plain Tiger in the Australian countryside © Claire Blumenfeld

Portfolio – Wildlife

Selection of my most beautiful creations through photos, videos, sounds and writings on the theme of wildlife.

Chamonix, France © Claire Blumenfeld

In a world at a standstill

France is confined to try to slow the spread of the virus and I observe nature which buds with the arrival of Spring.

Greater Flamingos in Camargue, France © Claire Blumenfeld

Pink feathers

Pink, red and white. Poetic impressions about the Flamingo of Camargue.

Greater Flamingos in Camargue, France © Claire Blumenfeld

Flamingo ballet

Movements of a colony of Greater Flamingos illustrated through rhythm and repetition.

Flora, Camargue, France © Claire Blumenfeld

Land of nature and men

What is Camargue? How have history and human exploitation shaped this deltaic plain? And what are the current challenges for the natural environment?

The Sainte Baume range, Provence, France © Claire Blumenfeld

End of the year in Provence

Stroll in the Provencal landscapes in winter, rediscovery of the Garrigue and conclusions about this end of a decade.

A butterfly Plain Tiger in the Australian countryside © Claire Blumenfeld

Portfolio – Wildlife

Selection of my most beautiful creations through photos, videos, sounds and writings on the theme of wildlife.

Chamonix, France © Claire Blumenfeld

In a world at a standstill

France is confined to try to slow the spread of the virus and I observe nature which buds with the arrival of Spring.

Notes

Short posts on the observation of the Greater Flamingo behavior in Camargue.

Dispatches

1 · Walks in Camargue
Nature and animals. The world around me. During the months of November, December 2019 and January 2020, I work on the creation of videos, photographs and articles on the subject of the Camargue and more broadly on the theme of flora and fauna. I seek to develop my understanding of the environment around me and my observation of wildlife.

2 · Alps, work and virus
After Camargue, I am back in Chamonix in February 2020 for a second season in the hospitality industry, while waiting for the response of my application at Bristol. As I have been working for several weeks, a global health crisis begins following the emergence of a new virus and the world finds itself quarantined.

Greater Flamingos in Camargue, France © Claire Blumenfeld

Pink feathers

Pink, red and white. Poetic impressions about the Flamingo of Camargue.

Greater Flamingos in Camargue, France © Claire Blumenfeld

Flamingo ballet

Movements of a colony of Greater Flamingos illustrated through rhythm and repetition.

Flora, Camargue, France © Claire Blumenfeld

Land of nature and men

What is Camargue? How have history and human exploitation shaped this deltaic plain? And what are the current challenges for the natural environment?

The Sainte Baume range, Provence, France © Claire Blumenfeld

End of the year in Provence

Stroll in the Provencal landscapes in winter, rediscovery of the Garrigue and conclusions about this end of a decade.

A butterfly Plain Tiger in the Australian countryside © Claire Blumenfeld

Portfolio – Wildlife

Selection of my most beautiful creations through photos, videos, sounds and writings on the theme of wildlife.

Chamonix, France © Claire Blumenfeld

In a world at a standstill

France is confined to try to slow the spread of the virus and I observe nature which buds with the arrival of Spring.

Notes

Short posts on the observation of the Greater Flamingo behavior in Camargue.

Videos

Glimpses of Camargue

A dive through my eyes in the Camargue environment of the end of Autumn.

During the months of November and December 2019, I went to explore Camargue, the Rhone delta, with the will to observe fauna and flora and to take interest in this particular environment of Provence, where my parents live. Camargue is a large wetland made of marshes, lagoons and fields, bordering the Mediterranean Sea, possessing the status of nature reserve. It is therefore forbidden to fly over in drones. Not having the means to obtain an official authorization and being limited with my resources, I decided to concentrate on a more intimate approach. This is a presentation of Camargue through my eyes, at ground level, like a contemplative walk discovering the environment.

Filmed in Camargue with a Lumix G7 camera
Music:To Wake Up by Benjamin Gustafsson

Pink, red and white.
Poetic impressions about the Flamingo of Camargue.

Pink feathers

In Camargue, in winter, there are big waders with pink wings in the marshes or in the sky. The Greater Flamingo is the representative bird of the Rhone delta. It is visible all year round, but it is in winter, during the courtship, that the bird is tinged with a pretty rosy parure. With its long legs, its enormous neck, its strange beak and its colorful feathers, it is a fascinating bird to watch. Its forms and attitudes are conducive to abstract experimentation and I sought to work on a simple and poetic creation illustrating its behavior. Not having large material means (I do not have a telephoto lens), I kept it simple. I observed the bird closely at the Pont du Gau Ornithological Park and further afield all over the marshes. 

Filmed in Camargue with a Lumix G7 camera
Music: Motion by Barry Hudson-Taylor

Movements of a colony of Greater Flamingos illustrated through rhythm and repetition.

Flamingo ballet

In winter, in Camargue, Flamingos gather in a large colony which can exceed ten thousand birds. It is the season of courtship display and the birds perform, in groups of about twenty individuals, ritual dances with rapid movements in order to find a partner. It is very interesting to observe a synchronization in the movements taking place between the individuals. After making a video on the Greater Flamingos presenting their behaviours and colors, I decided to follow up on the creation of a video highlighting the movements of the birds by playing on rhythm and repetition. I sought to make an artistic work highlighting the individual gestures (in relation to the anatomy of the bird). But also the amazing group behaviors seeming to be based on mimicry. The most obvious illustration being the courtship displays, looking like a choreographed dance. (I don’t have a telephoto lens, so I mostly did wide shots). 

Filmed in Camargue with a Lumix G7 camera
Music: Coppice de Benjamin Gustafsson

Pink feathers

Pink, red and white. Poetic impressions about the Flamingo of Camargue.

In Camargue, in winter, there are big waders with pink wings in the marshes or in the sky. The Greater Flamingo is the representative bird of the Rhone delta. It is visible all year round, but it is in winter, during the courtship, that the bird is tinged with a pretty rosy parure. With its long legs, its enormous neck, its strange beak and its colorful feathers, it is a fascinating bird to watch. Its forms and attitudes are conducive to abstract experimentation and I sought to work on a simple and poetic creation illustrating its behavior. Not having large material means (I do not have a telephoto lens), I kept it simple. I observed the bird closely at the Pont du Gau Ornithological Park and further afield all over the marshes. 

Filmed in Camargue with a Lumix G7 camera
Music: Motion by Barry Hudson-Taylor

Flamingo ballet

Movements of a colony of Greater Flamingos illustrated through rhythm and repetition.

In winter, Flamingos gather in a large colony in Camargue, which can exceed ten thousand birds. It is the season of courtship display and the birds perform, in groups of about twenty individuals, ritual dances with rapid movements in order to find a partner. It is very interesting to observe a synchronization in the movements taking place between the individuals. After making a video on the Greater Flamingos presenting their behaviours and colors, I decided to follow up on the creation of a video highlighting the movements of the birds by playing on rhythm and repetition. I sought to make an artistic work highlighting the individual gestures (in relation to the anatomy of the bird). But also the amazing group behaviors seeming to be based on mimicry. The most obvious illustration being the courtship displays, looking like a choreographed dance. (I don’t have a telephoto lens, so I mostly did wide shots). 

Filmed in Camargue with a Lumix G7 camera
Music: Coppice de Benjamin Gustafsson

Galleries

Natural beauty

In Spring 2020, then in Chamonix at the foot of Mont-Blanc, I observe the rebirth of nature and the profusion of colors. Fascinated by the shapes of plants and insects around me, I start to photograph nature in close-ups. By taking an interest in shapes, details, colors, variations and blurring, I seek to reveal the natural beauty of nature. A beauty that man does not necessarily see right away. Showing nature from a different point of view in order to reveal its diversity and complexity. A poetic and magnificent nature. - ongoing project

In Spring 2020, I observe the rebirth of nature and the profusion of colors. Fascinated by the shapes of plants and insects around me, I start to photograph nature in close-ups. By taking an interest in shapes, details, colors, variations and blurring, I seek to reveal the natural beauty of nature. A beauty that man does not necessarily see right away. Showing nature from a different point of view in order to reveal its diversity and complexity.

Greater flamingos

In Camargue, in the Rhône delta in France, the Greater Flamingo is present all year round. I went exploring in winter 2019-2020 this wetland area bordering the Mediterranean Sea to observe the behavior of this great wading bird, its aesthetics, its courtship displays and to document its relationship with the environment and the men living here. In winter, Flamingos gather in a large colony in order to make their displays and find a partner. It is the best season to observe them up close. It is also at this time of year that they are the most beautiful with a pronounced pink plumage. I went to several places in Camargue, but the best location for observation remains the Ornithological Park of Pont de Gau. Gathered in large groups in the marshes, the birds provoke a painting of colors and patterns fascinating to observe.

In Camargue, in the Rhône delta in France, the Greater Flamingo is present all year round. I went exploring in winter 2019-2020 this wetland to observe the behavior of this great wading bird, its aesthetics, its courtship displays and to document its relationship with the environment and the men living here. Gathered in large groups in the marshes, the birds provoke a painting of colors and patterns fascinating to observe.

Wildlife

Animals have always interested me from a young age but it was during my five years journey across different countries that I really started to observe them in detail. Birds are the most widespread and therefore more easily observable. Their behavior as well as that of the other animals I have encountered is always fascinating to watch and study. A large part of the wild species, some of which I have observed, are endangered and I think it is our duty to do everything we can to understand and protect them.

Animals have always interested me from a young age but it was during my five years journey across different countries that I really started to observe them in detail. A large part of the wild species, some of which I have observed, are endangered and I think it is our duty to do everything we can to understand and protect them.

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