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22 April 2016

The art of Kimono

I walk in Kyoto, my eyes dazzled by explosions of colors and varied patterns wandering in front of me. The Kimonos are out.
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Obi (belt) knotted in pretty knots, Zôri and Tabi (traditional sandals and white socks up to the ankles) and elegant chignons. Cell phones and small handbags. Mix of tradition and modernity. Ancestral practice originating in China, the port of Kimonos is codified and today only worn on special occasions. Women wear very colorful clothes while men are more formal.

In the midst of all these gorgeous costumes, some are even more impressive. Geiko (confirmed geishas) and Maiko (apprentices) attract all eyes. The majesty of their kimono and makeup associated with their status, fascinate. In a temple, two girls dressed in a beautiful red kimono attract my eye. They wear an brocarded uchiki (kind of long coat) with a tsubo ori (wide straw hat around which hangs a long transparent veil allowing formerly to remain anonymous).

In this morning of April, a torrential rain falls on Kyoto. This is my fifth day visiting the “City of Traditions”. During these days, I have seen more temples and kimonos than in the space of five months. It is dazzling. And the rain does not prevent the wearing of the kimono. To the set is added a new accessory: the umbrella. Traditional, transparent or colorful for even more style.

Creative approach.

Rabou, Hautes-Alpes, France © Claire B. - Please do not use without authorization

Observing paradise

Living on the heights of Gap in winter and immerse myself in the shapes and the perfect landscapes of the Gapençaise region.

Vercors, France © Claire B. - Please do not use without authorization

Nature and beauty

Observation, poetry and naturalism. I continue to observe nature and its intrinsic beauty.

Chamonix, France © Claire B. - Please do not use without authorization

Mountain diversity

Nature is complex, diverse and beautiful. Taking a poetic approach, the new point of view reveals the beauty all around us.

Greater flamingos in Camargue, France © Claire B. - Please do not use without authorization

Greater Flamingos

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

An artic fox - Hornstrandir - Iceland - © Claire Blumenfeld

Wildlife

Wild animals are a source of discovery and permanent inspiration.

Greater flamingos in Camargue, France © Claire B. - Please do not use without authorization

Flamingo ballet

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

Greater flamingos in Camargue, France © Claire B. - Please do not use without authorization

Pink feathers

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

Ísafjörður, westfjords, Iceland © Claire B. - Please do not use without authorization

Iceland

Iceland is a country like nowhere else. Its landscapes are magnificent and inhospitable and its atmosphere is special.

East fjords, Iceland © Claire B. - Please do not use without authorization

At the pace of Iceland

Iconic landscapes of Iceland. Landscapes of a rough, inhospitable and beautiful island.

Skye, Scotland © Claire B. - Please do not use without authorisation

The Isle of Skye

The Isle of Skye, located in northwestern Scotland, is the largest island in the Inner Hebrides archipelago.

South Uist, Outer Hebrides, Scotland © Claire B. - Please do not use without authorization

The Outer Hebrides

The Outer Hebrides are an archipelago of islands east of Scotland that I crossed on foot following the Hebridean Way.

The Vallée Blanche, Chamonix, France © Claire Blumenfeld

The Alps

The Alps are a very large mountain range with diversified relief spanning across Europe.

South Tyrol, Italy © Claire B. - Please do not use without authorization

Glimpses of the Italian Tyrol

At the beginning of June 2019 I embarked on the exploration of the Dolomites. But personal problems forced me to shorten my trip. Here are some photos from my week in Italy.

Chamonix, France © Claire Blumenfeld

An autumn in Chamonix

The autumn season in the Chamonix Mont-Blanc valley is a festival of beautiful colors.

A farm in the center of New South Wales in Australia © Claire Blumenfeld

A bit of Australia

Australia is a huge continent. A selection of photographs illustrating the variety of landscapes.

Mount Buller, Victoria, Australia © Claire Blumenfeld

Lost in the clouds

Mount Buller, a small ski resort in Australia where I spent three months lost in the snow and clouds.

Abel Tasman Track on South Island, New Zealand © Claire Blumenfeld

New Zealand landscapes

A country with a thousand landscapes. Between rainforest, desert plains, volcanoes, small villages, fjords and high mountains.

Kyoto, Honshu, Japan © Claire Blumenfeld

Six months in Japan

Six months in Japan. Six months of familiarity and strangeness. Misunderstanding and wonder. Contrasts.

Kyoto, Honshu, Japan © Claire Blumenfeld

The art of Kimono

I walk in Kyoto, my eyes dazzled by explosions of colors and varied patterns wandering in front of me. The Kimonos are out.

TYK, Tajimi, Honshu, Japan © Claire Blumenfeld

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Through twenty photographs, a stroll to discover the factory and its graphic aspect.

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