Photographer Arnaud Bathiard Captures Amazing Long Exposure Photos Of Brittany, France

The following photos have been taken over the past five years in my favorite region of France, Brittany, and more specifically in North Finistère – Finis Terrae in Latin, the end of the land. Finistère remains a preserved region, a land of rocks, wind and rain. I spent part of my childhood there.

In recent years, I have had the opportunity to return to the places of my childhood for short stays, mainly during high tides and winter storms. Most of the photos that follow were taken on this occasion, in sometimes difficult circumstances. The first one, Solstice, was taken on a freezing December morning during a raging storm and left me soaked to the bones.

The Silence of the sea was taken in Saint Malo, in Ille-et-Vilaine, on a foggy morning in March, during the highest tide of the year. High granite walls surround the town, which was once a stronghold for privateers. During the tides, the waves rise vertically above the ramparts and can reach 10 to 15 meters in height. You can easily find images of these giant waves on Youtube. The spectacle is both frightening and fascinating. The Silence of the sea was precisely taken during one of these tides. It’s a long exposure of 12 minutes. The result is this sea as smooth as a mirror, from which breakwaters emerge, like a row of sentries.

I’ve often been asked if the sky in Kiss of the Dragon had been retouched in Photoshop : the answer is no. Sometimes miracles happen, and this sky is one of them. I hope that with a little imagination, you will see, like me, the head of the Dragon above the old fort.

While most of these images offer the spectacle of winter storms, with their dramatic skies, some have been imagined in the style of visual haïkus, such as Scar or Stone Garden : the emphasis is on negative spaces, and I hope they convey a feeling of rest and serenity.

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#1. Winter Storm

#2. Rainy Day Of April

Long Exposure Photography By Arnaud Bathiard

#3. Kermorvan

Long Exposure Photography By Arnaud Bathiard

#4. Pier

Long Exposure Photography By Arnaud Bathiard

#5. Yin Yang, Brest

Long Exposure Photography By Arnaud Bathiard

#6. Solstice

Solstice, Brittany, France, 2016: Long Exposure Photography Arnaud Bathiard

#7. Night Ocean

Night Ocean, Brittany, France, 2020: Long Exposure Photography Arnaud Bathiard

#8. The Silence of the Sea

The Silence of the Sea, Brittany, France, 2015: Long Exposure Photography Arnaud Bathiard

#9. Finis Terrae

Finis Terrae, Brittany, France, 2020: Long Exposure Photography Arnaud Bathiard

#10. Beasts

Beasts, Brittany, France, 2020: Long Exposure Photography Arnaud Bathiard

#11. A la verticale de l’hiver

A la verticale de l'hiver, Brittany, France, 2016: Long Exposure Photography Arnaud Bathiard

#12. Rain over me

Rain over me, Brittany, France, 2020: Long Exposure Photography Arnaud Bathiard

#13. Morning break

Morning break, Brittany, France, 2020: Long Exposure Photography Arnaud Bathiard

#14. Scar

Scar, Brittany, France, 2016: Long Exposure Photography Arnaud Bathiard

#15. Off-season

Off-season, Brittany, France, 2015: Long Exposure Photography Arnaud Bathiard

#16. Stone Garden

Stone garden, Brittany, France, 2017: Long Exposure Photography Arnaud Bathiard

#17. Low Tide

Low tide, Brittany, France, 2020: Long Exposure Photography Arnaud Bathiard

#18. Haïku

Haïku, Brittany, France, 2016: Long Exposure Photography Arnaud Bathiard

#19. Dies Irae

Dies irae, Brittany, France, 2016: Long Exposure Photography Arnaud Bathiard

#20. House of the Tides

House of the Tides, Brittany, France, 2015: Long Exposure Photography Arnaud Bathiard

#21. White Heat

White heat, Brittany, France, 2017: Long Exposure Photography Arnaud Bathiard

#22. Breakwaters

Breakwaters, Brittany, France, 2016: Long Exposure Photography Arnaud Bathiard

#23. Heavy Weather

Heavy weather, Brittany, France, 2020: Long Exposure Photography Arnaud Bathiard

#24. Dead Calm

Dead calm, Brittany, France, 2016: Long Exposure Photography Arnaud Bathiard

#25. Kiss of the Dragon

Kiss of the dragon, Brittany, France, 2015: Long Exposure Photography Arnaud Bathiard


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