I’m trying to do more with less in 2015, which means reducing the time and money I spend on non-productive stuff. I’m purposefully saying non-productive rather than “unnecessary” because I’m willing to accept that objects or events that aren’t decidedly necessities can still bring joy and serve a purpose. Working with raw footage and difficult stories in a busy newsroom, I’ve found that sometimes a bit of humour, beauty, even frivolity help to balance tragedy, even if just a tiny bit. And since I love reading about the things that bring others joy, productivity, and inspiration, I thought I’d post mine.
La première dose d’admiration et d’inspiration que j’aimerais partager provient des merveilleuses photographies d’Etienne Francey, que j’ai découvertes grâce à mon boulot. J’admets que d’après mon compte Flickr c’est loin d’être évident que je suis une fan de la photographie naturaliste, mais j’apprécie énormément les photographes qui prennent le temps d'observer les merveilles de la nature. J’archivais le métrage d’une exposition au Musée royal de l’Ontario (la 50e année du concours Le Photographe Naturaliste) et c’est en cherchant les expositions précédentes que je suis tombée sur cette photo:
So in what I hope to be a somewhat weekly Grateful For series, I’d like to start with the brilliant nature photography of Swiss photographer Étienne Francey. At work yesterday I was archiving footage of the Wildlife Photographer of the year exhibition when I came upon this photo:
I called my co-worker over and we oohed and aaahed for a little bit and then gasped at the metadata. This photo won in the 2013 15-17 year old category. Étienne captured it at 16! And it’s far, far from a one-off wonder. Here are some of my favourite Étienne Francey photographs, posted with his kind permission, and which you can admire on his website http://www.etiennefrancey.ch/ (now bookmarked on my browser both at home and at work!). With his entire life ahead of him, I can only imagine the amazing body of work still to come from this young photographer!