60 Minutes

on the promenade des anglaise, nice, france / 26th May 2011

60 minutes (of bicycles and benches) on the Promenade des Anglaise, Nice, Cote d’Azur, France, shooting the people, life, flavour and activity of a hot July afternoon. Part of the fun of this was the challenge, 60 minutes, not a second over, capturing something of the feeling, the spirit of the place in that time…

In high season Nice is packed. Heaving. The heat is oppressive. The temptation is to forget doing anything creative, or work orientated, and sit in the shade with a cool drink. The problems were the heat, the difficulty in separating people from the background and the clear, sharp, linear line of the sea (ND filter would have been useful) and the amount of people.

What came out of this shoot was a need to find those interesting people, shapes and views in camera; to isolate them from the frenetic surroundings and hope they say something about life on the Promenade des Anglais in summer. I’m not sure we have that (and equally I’m not sure that we don’t either), but for 60 minutes it was an interesting challenge and one I think further development will come from.

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