Traditional lateen-rigged fishing boats in the inner harbour at Collioure, in Pyrénées-Orientales department.
I was attracted by the colours and the repeated pattern produced by their being moored in the Mediterranean fashion, stern to the quay.
In the early 20th century Collioure became a centre of artistic activity, with several Fauvist artists making it their meeting place. André Derain, Georges Braque, Othon Friesz, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Tsuguharu Fujita have all been inspired by Collioure's royal castle, medieval streets, its lighthouse converted into the church of Notre-Dame-des-Anges and its typical Mediterranean bay. Collioure's cemetery contains the tomb of Spanish poet Antonio Machado, who fled here to escape advancing Francoist troops at the end of the Spanish Civil War in 1939.
The British historical novelist Patrick O'Brian lived in the town from 1949 until his death in 2000, and his novel The Catalans graphically describes Collioure life before major changes took place. He also wrote a biography of Picasso, who was an acquaintance. O'Brian and his wife Mary are also buried in the town cemetery.
Part of the action in Stephen Clarke's fourth comic novel featuring Paul West, Dial M for Merde, takes place in Collioure.
Ninety-eight reproductions of Matisse’s and Derain’s works are exposed exactly where these two masters of Fauvism painted the originals, in the early 20th century.
Collioure is also famous for its anchovies, which are referenced in Mark Kurlansky's book Salt as the best in the world.
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ourania (36386) 2012-04-21 2:22
a wonderful composition with the lovely traditional boats so nicely placed one beside and above the other in the vertical frame. Excellent depth, clarity and contrasts. I love the delicious light and colours, the repeated colourful graphic patterns. A superb picture, well done and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely weekend,
dta (71443) 2012-04-21 3:07
Hello Will ,
These traditional boats of Méditerranée are really attractive . This is here a nice perspective , with the interseting choice to show us only the front part of the boats . The only minor default is having cutthe end the yard in the right .
brianmcc (6219) 2012-04-21 3:22
you have composed this picture very nicely focusing in on the repeating patterns created by the boats. they are wonderfully coloured and very appealing. the sun is obviously shining brightly and you can almost feel its warmth coming through the frame, as your picture conveys its presence superbly well.
CanmoreKevin (2111) 2012-04-21 5:15
Will composed with extraordinary colours.
tyro (22162) 2012-04-21 7:01
An interesting note you have given us. And I must visit this place - I love anchovies!
This is a beautifully composed shot in which, with a bit of careful examination, you can find parallel lines and triangles everywhere. But, bottom line, it just looks right! The colours are wonderfully vibrant but still appear natural and believable and the depth of field and sharpness are exquisite.
AliMoein (780) 2012-04-21 11:12
Very nice shot oh this boats
This photo has avery good Perspective
It has a very good composition
Very nice and lovely colors
All the best
delpeoples (55090) 2012-04-22 5:04
I like the tight framing of these colourful and very characteristic boats. The colours are beautifully managed, along with the light. The vertical frame creates a wonderful perspective. Nice work, very attractive.
divail (8334) 2012-04-22 18:12
C'est une très jolie composition de ces embarcations très colorées. Beau format vertical et belle saturation des couleurs.
Silvio1953 (130358) 2012-04-25 3:49
Ciao Will, great parade of lovely boats with beautiful reflections, wonderful bright colors, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
Cricri (111403) 2012-04-25 5:20
Bon format et cadrage serré des barques colorées, dont un choix particulier de montrer l'avant des barques, bonne lumière, belle réalisation
cornejo (35833) 2012-04-25 5:22
Hi Will, nice and interesting composition with these beautiful boats, good sharp image with good color and light. Very good, nice and interesting work, well done, congratulations. Tfs.
Good afternoon and happy week.
Best regards and best wishes.
- Copyright: Will Perrett (willperrett) (8303)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-08-09
- Categories: Daily Life, Transportation
- Camera: Canon EOS5D, Canon EF 24-70mm f2.8L USM
- Exposure: f/18.0, 1/80 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Transports of Delight [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2012-04-21 2:03