When a French village becomes Spanish

Once a year in August, my French village suddenly becomes Spanish!  It’s time for the Festival Flamenco in Gorbio.  Don’t think ‘touristy’ flamenco, this is the real thing, real gitane (gypsy) flamenco with dancers and musicians and singers from all parts of Spain and it’s fabulous!  Not easy to photograph with the fast movement, low light and also constantly changing coloured lights but every year I get a little better at it and love the challenge.    It takes place over three crazy days – we eat paella, we drink sangria, we clap and cheer and during the daytime we meet ..
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How do you say ‘sorry’ in ‘woof’ language?

It only takes a few weeks and suddenly I find I’ve not posted on this blog – then more weeks go by and I justify this to myself by saying, ‘Oh well, everyone sees my photos on Facebook and Instagram.’  I post an image each day on both of those social media platforms at Jilly Bennett Photography.    And then,  several of you lovely people wrote concerned for me – was I ill?  Is everything alright?  How kind and how caring.  Thankyou!  Follow up emails made me realise that not all of you are on Facebook or Instagram, indeed many of ..
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How many oranges and lemons to make Mary Poppins?

Be warned – there is a lot of orange and yellow coming up, so perhaps put on a pair of sunglasses… Menton’s celebrated Fête du Citron (Lemon Festival) is in full swing at the moment, which means the town is heaving and it’s impossible to find anywhere to park – but of course it’s all great fun. Each year there is a different theme and this year it’s ‘Broadway!’    Preparations for the floats and static ‘motifs’ began months ago: a metal frame is constructed for each exhibit or float which is then covered in wire netting and each lemon or ..
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Plastic Fantastic…or how to see the world a little differently!

(En français à la fin de la page) Hello dear friends, This is fun! Taking photos not through glass but through plastic.   Years ago, I photographed a table of diners in a Menton restaurant through the plastic protection of a restaurant terrace and was surprised (pleasantly surprised) at the distortion this gives to the image.  Often, the eye doesn’t see it at the time of taking the photo but once home, and on the computer, it can have the feel of  an impressionist painting.  And it is just one click.  It’s important though to focus ‘through’ the plastic and onto ..
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New Year in a French village

When I was young, really young, New Year’s Eve was a big deal. Major dressing up to impress the boyfriend of the day and then, at midnight, would he kiss me first? How important it was that I got the first kiss of the year and if I didn’t – well it seemed the end of the world had arrived. Since living in France, sometimes I celebrate with a few friends or stay at home with my dogs – which suits me fine. That way at least, I know I’ll get my midnight kiss, so long as I stay awake, ..
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