Before anyone gets on me about this photo I took on the beach last week, I’d like to say that I’m completely comfortable with it. Yes, it’s sexy and yes, it was taken with a man’s eye. Let’s go back a bit. Last Thursday I decided to take the boys to the beach. For the occasion, Nathan, a friend of Joachim’s, accompanied us as he had spent the night at our place. Our initial plan was to go to Boucan Canot in the west, as the children love this beach. Unfortunately, a strong wind and swell warning had been issued for the west coast and south of the island. The direct consequence was that the nets were not installed at Boucan and so swimming was impossible. We decided to go further south of the island to Etang Salé beach.
This beach is located in the south-west of the island and is a black sand beach. Although most of Réunion’s beaches have golden-coloured sand, we do have a few beaches with black sand. We rarely go to Etang Salé because it’s quite far from where we live. This time, we went there because it was a little less windy. First surprise: the flag is red and swimming is therefore prohibited ! Here too, the lifeguards have received instructions. But there were quite a few people in the water and the children did as the others did and threw themselves into the waves ! It has to be said that Yellow Vigilance takes effect at 4pm. But the lifeguards had already put up the red flag in the morning so they wouldn’t have to get everyone out of the water at 4pm. From what I understand, given the number of people in the water, swimming is tolerated. At least that’s my interpretation.
Nevertheless, I ask the children to stay on the shore and not to go too far. All they want to do is roll around in the waves and come back to the shore with 3 kgs of sand in their swimming costumes ! Etang Salé beach is much wilder than Boucan. The black sand is much finer and the photo results are amazing, with beautiful reflections when the sand is wet.
As usual, I’m hanging out at the water’s edge with my Ricoh GRD IV to take photos of my children, but I’m also on the alert for any photo. I have a keen eye, whether in town or on the beach. As you can imagine, these two girls didn’t go unnoticed when they arrived on the beach. You can see them in the photo taken of Ronan making mud out of the black sand.
I’m still snapping at my kids, who are playing silly buggers and having the time of their lives. They should be. It’s still the holidays and I envy their carefree attitude !
Like any photographer, I’m attracted to extremes. It can be beautiful people like here, or people with a more unattractive physique. In fact, I need something out of the ordinary. That’s essentially what catches my eye in the first place. Of course, that’s not enough. I need something else. I need to tell a story. I love the freedom I have as a street photographer. With just a frame I can tell a story with the composition I choose. Here, two gentlemen in their late fifties came out of the water and stood right next to me. At the same time, my two naiads took each other by the hand and headed for the waves. I quickly framed and clicked because I knew I had a great photo with this man in the foreground.
It’s easy to see that the man in the foreground, with his stout build, is a mature man. The contrast between him and the two young girls walking away is striking. It looks as if the man is telling himself: “Man! I wish I was younger… Times flies away…” In fact you could imagine any story about this scenery. As you can see, I got a bit splashed by my boys and micro-droplets on my lens caused the blur. I’m quite happy with the result. The last important element of the photo is the tilted horizon. It adds an enormous amount of dynamism to the photo. So no, this isn’t just a photo of two young girls in thongs. That would be a rather facile shortcut !
All the photos were made with the Ricoh GRD IV.