Dordogne Dreams: The Périgord of Old, In a Different Light.
East of Bordeaux and west of Provence, in the north of the ancient region known as Aquitaine, is the old French province of Périgord. Now called Dordogne, it is a region of craggy castles, honey-colored stone villages, deep walnut forests, and the painted caves of long-gone Cro-Magnon man. During the peak tourist season it is much as any fabled southern French tourist destination: choked with buses, heavy with heat, and jammed with those trying to “get away from it all.” Off season, the rains and damp chill are as welcome as the empty streets and quiet ruins. This is the perfect time and season to photograph the ancienne Périgord, the old villages and buildings and countryside that are the main attractions of modern Dordogne.
Using infrared-sensitive cameras I have compiled a portfolio of striking black and white photographs taken in the Dordogne. With infrared B&W photography, skies and water can take on an inky blackness, clouds ‘pop’ in dramatic fashion, rocks and buildings become chiseled with detail, foliage becomes milky white and grass is often mistaken for snow. Depending upon atmospheric conditions, images can be topographically sharp or soft and gauzy with a ghostly dreaminess. Though the Dordogne is a colorful region, infrared techniques permit the presentation of this land in a different light.
As in a dream, the images can transport one back to another time,
in a different land.