Chapter

VI. A step towards future

Opening to the world

Nine months – November 2019 to August 2020 – France
After five years of traveling, I am back in France with the desire to jump 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. I focus on 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 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. Then in February 2020, I am back in Chamonix for a second season in hospitality while awaiting the response of my application to Bristol. As I have been working for several weeks, a global health crisis starts following the appearance of a new virus and the world ends up in quarantine.

Keywords: flamingos, Camargue, nature, observation, chamonix, tourism, pandemic, coronavirus, readjustment, decision.

Dispatches

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.

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?

Greater flamingos in Camargue, France © Claire Blumenfeld

Mimicry

Early January, I note the increase in belligerent behavior between Greater Flamingos and wonder about their mimicry.

Chamonix, France © Claire Blumenfeld

Changes to come

The end of the confinement is looming and I return to Provence with questions in my head.

Dévoluy, France © Claire Blumenfeld

Rays of light

Summer stretches between heat, walks and questions and my future branches off towards a new direction.

Videos and galleries

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.

An artic fox - Hornstrandir - Iceland - © Claire Blumenfeld

Wildlife

Wild animals are a source of discovery and permanent inspiration.

Greater flamingos in Camargue, France © Claire Blumenfeld

Greater Flamingos

Aesthetic appearance, courtship displays, large colonies, Greater Flamingos are special birds.