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Chasing Light. Telling Stories. PARIS…

Every time I make an image, I capture a moment in time that has never happened before and will never happen again. It’s the blink of an eye, a moment in the life of a stranger. Unprovoked, unstaged, unposed, unaltered — just beautiful and candid everyday life.

The camera is an extension of my vision. I thrive on searching and waiting for just the right moment when a story unfolds in a single frame. I am happiest when I get lost on purpose, and let the city reveal its magic to me. Some days I follow the light and use its power to make dramatic compositions, other days I am more in tune with emotions, expressions, and gestures. The streets are always surprising me with new stories that unfold throughout the day and into the night.

This collection of black and white photographs of daily life in Paris is a homage to the most beautiful city in the world and its people.

This book is filled with 138 full page photographs. The introduction and biography are written in French and English. Read REVIEWS below.

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Street Photography: Creative Vision Behind the Lens

Follow Valérie Jardin on an inspiring photo walk around the world. After an overview of the practical and technical aspects of street photography, Valérie takes you along on a personal photographic journey as she hits the streets of her favorite urban haunts. She shows you the art storytelling through her photographs, from envisioning the image to actually capturing it in the camera. Learn about the technical and compositional choices she makes and the thought process that spurred the click of the shutter.

Perfect for both the new photographer excited to capture the world around them and for the experienced street photographer wishing to improve their techniques and images, Street Photography requires no special equipment, just a passion for seeing and capturing the extraordinary in the ordinary.

This new book published by Focal Press in New York City is now available on Amazon.

Follow Valérie Jardin on an inspiring photo walk around the world. After an overview of the practical and technical aspects of street photography, Valérie takes you along on a personal photographic journey as she hits the streets of her favorite urban haunts. She shows you the art storytelling through her photographs, from envisioning the image to actually capturing it in the camera. Learn about the technical and compositional choices she makes and the thought process that spurred the click of the shutter.

Perfect for both the new photographer excited to capture the world around them and for the experienced street photographer wishing to improve their techniques and images, Street Photography requires no special equipment, just a passion for seeing and capturing the extraordinary in the ordinary.

Read some of the reviews below.

 

The Art of Seeing Photographically

A 101 page book to help you learn to see photographically. Take control of your gear and create more impactful imagery.

Whether you photograph landscapes, still-life, people, or anything in between, the goal of this book is to help you put more intent in your photography. Each section is filled with examples drawn from my own collection as well as assignments to give you a little push to go out with your camera and practice a new technique or learn to see in a new way.

It never hurts to go back to basics, no matter how long you’ve been a photographer or what the degree of expertise you think you have.

 

Street Photography: First Steps and Beyond

This 76 page ebook is designed for beginner to advanced street photographers. It will help you get started in street photography as well as give you tips to step up your game and make stronger images. 

The book is divided into three parts:

1. Getting Started
2. Different ways to approach street photography
3. Elements that make a strong street photograph

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ANONYMOUS: How To Shoot Street Photography Without Revealing Your Subjects

If you are an introvert and the simple thought of getting close to a stranger makes you sweat, or if you live in a country where posting identifiable pictures of people on social media is frowned upon, or simply if getting close to people to photograph them feels too sneaky or obtrusive, know that there are other ways to practice the beautiful genre of street photography without getting close to your subject. This new book will show you ways to be more incognito on the streets while also preserving the anonymity of your subjects.

 

#DoSomethingForNothing NYC with Joshua Coombes

“Everyone has the power to #DoSomethingForNothing. We’re not raising awareness, we’re raising compassion. We’re mobilizing people globally to spread love in their communities. Changing the way in which we interact with one another, across the globe.” ~ Joshua Coombes

Josh and I had the opportunity to team up and work together on the streets of New York City in September and the experience was life changing. 

 

I wish to help Josh continue his important work any way I can and hopefully document it as often as possible.

Thanks to some amazing volunteers, we just published an eBook to help raise some funds for #DoSomethingForNothing. Any donation, small or large, will help make the world a little brighter, one person at a time. Thank you for your support!

 
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#DoSomethingForNothing Paris with Joshua Coombes

After New York, we are inviting you see the photographs and read the stories that touched our hears in Paris in January 2018. 

Any donation, small or large, will help make the world a little brighter, one person at a time. Thank you for your support!

 

 

REVIEWS

Chasing Light. Telling Stories. PARIS

In “Chasing Light. Telling Stories. Paris” Street Photographer Valerie Jardin takes us by the hand to places in her heart and ours.
I shoot pictures, therefore it's a given that I collect books of photographs. Maybe you do too. I won’t go into who is on my bookshelf here, but invite me for coffee and I’ll talk for hours. I love the pictures, and I truly love photographers as people, professional or not. As a songwriter, my tools are different, but my aim is the same; capture a moment. 
Valerie Jardin, known around the world as a brilliant “Street” Photographer, teacher, podcaster, endorser, influencer, sometimes heart-on-her-sleeve-wearer, who dances across countries and continents practically non-stop with her students in tow, has landed just long enough to produce a first-in-a-series photographic art book of her own work. It will not look out of place on your shelf alongside anyone who is already there. Honestly, it’s a wonder she has the time to shoot for herself, but thank goodness! Her rich inner curiosity, an eye that never seems to tire, her clear-cut storytelling and no doubt sensible shoes and clothing choices, combine to make us the viewer richer for the result. 
The book has heft, like a great camera. The design purposely does not intrude, and the B&W pictures, some spread over two pages, are a pure delight. A bouquet of emotions spilling onto page after page, as if she had invited you to spend the day “purposefully getting lost” as she says, in a city that is gracious, charming, and above all, gloriously different, from one doorway, one cafe, one street to the next. 
Have you been to Paris? Fantastic! You are about to go back. You’ll know some of the places, but you’ll see them with added detail and introspection, and frankly, in ways you or I haven’t thought of yet. Never been to Paris? Well, that’s a pity, but if you look at Valerie’s book as much as I have in the short time it has been available (It’s selling like mad) once you put your feet on those streets for real, possibly with camera in hand, there is zero chance of having culture shock. Everything you’ll need to know will be familiar to you. Paris is your home and welcomes you, with Valerie Jardin as your guide, all exquisitely French. Don’t worry about the language barrier, her photo interpretation is enough to get you around. You simply don’t need any words.”
By Charlie Maguire

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“I just received my copy of Valerie's new book; Chasing Light. Telling Stories. PARIS. I have looked through it at least 10 times since I did my private box opening. I don't like to refer to this kind of work as "pictures," because they are more deliberate than just a snap of the shutter—more so to the seasoned photographer than the casual viewer or holiday planner. A great deal of thought goes into street photography, and clearly, it shows in this book. 
For the new photographer, you can quickly grasp onto the compositions and timing that is portrayed in this body of work. This kind of research will help you take your images from just snapshots to deliberate arrangements that are perfectly timed. To put it another way, it's not just the "decisive moment" we need to look for. This body of work doesn't forget the "decisive composition." You really can't have one without the other. 
As you look through the book, ask yourself, where did Valerie place the subject in this image? Brake it down to where the important parts are placed in the frame; it is deliberate and not by chance. What prompted her to take the photo when she did? Could she have taken an equally powerful image a second before or after this one? What happened that this was the right moment to trip the shutter? You have to submerge yourself into each image to understand these kinds of things, study them. Also, ask yourself if there are any other relationships between the subject and other elements around it, because there are.
The seasoned photographer will immediately see the underlying themes which support the story of each image because there's no ambiguity. I wish all fine art photography books were this clear. For me, one of my favorite images is the woman with the balloons across from the "Tour Eiffel." The balloons support the story so well, but it's the shape of her dress and her hair draped over her collar that echoes the shape of the tower that caught my eye. That is what we look for in great street photography—the unexpected. Something unplanned and well timed. There are so many images in this book that just work. I will enjoy coming back to this book many times over in the future.
That said, this book is not just for photographers! Imagine that. It captures the sense of everyday life in Paris (without the cliché images we've seen time and time again) and should have a place in the hearts of people who will one day visit this magnificent city—a Paris vacationers visual prep guide so to speak.”
Mark Gilvey Commercial photographer (and street photography maniac) Mark Gilvey Creative, LLC. Woodbridge, VA.

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“I have a few photo books focused on Paris, but I will, without reservation, say that I love Chasing Light. Telling Stories. PARIS. by Valerie Jardin. The photos bridge from the timeless to the sublime. Valerie has really captured a special feeling of the city, its landscapes and more importantly its people, spirit and culture. That’s a big claim, but I guess that’s how it makes me feel. I feel like I’m at a cafe, with a French espresso and a croissant, ready to be in the city. Absolutely wonderful.” Dennis Linden

Street Photography: Creative Vision Behind the Lens

"I started to follow Valerie on Instagram some time ago. First it was her photographs alone, then through Facebook. Valerie is one of the most generous Artists that there is. From her blogs to Podcasts, she is not only an amazing photographer, but the most generous teacher you could ever have. It is only natural that she would have a book. This book not only goes to the heart and soul of why photographers do what they do, but serves as a thoughtful guideline to why it is so important to so many. Valerie is one of the best photographers of our time, because she knows what a moment in time can present. Defiantly recommend this book to any photographer who does, or who has, or who wants to explore this subject." Kevin Jack

"Divided into two parts, this book seeks first to lay a solid foundation in the art of street photography by discussing things like legalities, ethics, gear, composition, use of light and various techniques for capturing street images.  Part two, entitled “Photo Walks”, is where this book really comes alive though.  In this section you take a photowalk with Valerie to examine images that she captured.  For each image you learn about her approach and her thought process to capturing the image.  There is a commonly held belief in education that content needs to be relevant to the student to be of the utmost value, and I can’t think of anything more relevant than learning an artist’s thought process.  I have read a lot of educational resources and I am very appreciative of the approach this book takes.  I highly recommend it, and, if the reviews on Amazon are any indication, I am not the only one." ~ Ian MacDonald

"The first part of the book is an overview of methods used in street photography. She discusses her approach to street photography, which is good since I have no idea what I'm doing in that regard. There are some standard photo techniques, a bit about legal issues, and some assignments to try out. This is all good stuff, and it got me hungry for more. There were some great pointers about street photography, and the assignments gave me ideas on how to start. And then there is the second part of the book...
The decisive moment clearly shows in all her work, and it's the second part of the book where you get the feel of workshop excitement. Do you know that part of a workshop where you've met everyone, you've talked a bit, you've seen some examples and you're ready and raring to go out and shoot shoot shoot? That's the entire raison d'être of this part of the book. Valérie shows you an image, then walks you through her thinking process when she created it. I felt I was walking with her, thinking about the subject in front of the camera, trying to capture that feel, that light, that magical moment. She speaks of personal feelings (the loneliness she felt when a friend could not meet her), the challenges of waiting for the right subject ('Several tourists entered my frame, but none were interesting enough...'), the satisfaction of capturing something special ('It never gets old!'). This is what makes reading her book and viewing her images inspirational... those stories behind the work that become a part of the vision and give it that personal touch that makes an image extraordinary.
Through her images and her writing, she offers the viewer a window into her thought processes, her technique, and her love of street photography and humanity. And this is powerful stuff! It's rare to find a photography book that can emulate that feeling you get as you search for inspiration. There are many books that can detail the steps of a process, but for the most part, they are dry and tedious. Step by step instructions are for manuals, not for photographic creativity. The text that accompanies her images provides emotional background and sets the scene for that creativity. If this book is any indication of what her workshops are like, I can't wait to be a part of one!"
Fotostuff (review on Amazon)

"Like other reviewers of this book, I am an alumnus of several of Valerie’s workshops and don’t have much to add to the extravagant-- and fully justified-- praise of her workshops. She is a remarkable photographer and teacher. Her boundless enthusiasm, generosity, and search for meaning in the images she takes is inspirational.
All of what makes these experiences so rewarding is immediately encountered in reading (and re-reading) this exceptional book. The book is concise and precise. In addition to her photographic talent, it turns out that Valerie is a wonderful writer. Everything one would want to know about street photography is covered including lots of Valerie’s unique ideas. The images are terrific and, importantly, they well illustrate the teaching points being made. Anyone interested in street photography would benefit from reading this book-- and enjoy the experience."
Byron Annis

"Regardless you are a beginner or an experimented photographer, this book is a must have tool to get a lot better.
I really liked the angle of not focusing on gear or photo technicalities, but rather on people, place, time, light, pattern and above all, your vision. Through very simple assignments all along the book, you will discover a better photographer in you.
I wish I had this book years ago. Thank you Valérie!"
Bitonio (Amazon review)

"It is not often that you get the personal insights of a contemporary photographer. Valerie takes you through the pictures and thoughts she had while making them. Most of the photography books by great photographers have very little narrative by the authors. Even the best of them are usually written well after the photos were taken. This book is like an apprenticeship. I haven't enjoyed a photography book like this since I read Dan Winters '"Road to Seeing". Highly recommended" Alan Morris

"Great book from a real street photography master! I have learned so much from her. This book isn't about f stops or gear, but more about approach and gives one great ideas to implement into their own work. I highly recommend this book!" Craig Bandeau