Photographer's Note

Shot in Place Maréchal Joffre, Gruissan, Aude, France. Samba band and lovely Brazilian dancers in a village in France! This image uses a technique beloved of many a rock photographer, usually referred to as "slow-synch flash": a long shutter speed creates the dynamic movement blur, and a blip of second-curtain synch flash adds the sharpness. (Second curtain flash means that at slow shutter speed, the shutter opens, records movement blur with available light, and the flash fires as the shutter closes, making it appear that the sharply-defined flashed object is "trailing" the blur rather than "pushing" it.)

Although Gruissan has developed into a resort and marina in the last 30 years or so, the old fishing village, where this photograph was taken, is separate and largely unspoilt. The narrow streets of the village form a circle around the ruined Tower of Barberousse, named after a pirate. Unique in the Mediterranean, the village is classed among the most beautiful of France.

Narrow streets curve around the 13th-century tower, from which you can admire a stunning view over the surrounding lagoon - particularly lovely at sunset. With its narrow alleys and old houses it is a spot much appreciated by artists.

There is a colourful village market three times a week with local produce and regional specialities. The old village is on the edge of the salt water lagoon, a sanctuary for the ducks and pink flamingos. The fishermen bring in their catch in the morning and the traditional fishing village itself has not significantly changed, still retaining its charm.

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