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Meredith Mullins: The Timelessness of Giverny

By Eyepreferparis88 @eyepreferparis


Visiting Giverny can often be like stepping back into Monet's life. But, you have to work to make it so.
A few things have changed. His high-ceilinged atelier is filled with Giverny gadgetry, from waterlily candle holders to tulip and iris tea cups. His gardens are exploding with color—beautiful and vibrant, especially in spring—but more color than perhaps his orchestrated palette would have liked.
And . . . if you can clear the Japanese bridges of the hundreds of tourists, you can make a photograph that looks remarkably similar to Monet's jardin impressions.
I decided to spend the night in Giverny so I could be the last person in the gardens in the evening and the first person to enter in the morning. I didn't want to have to curse the people lingering on the bridge, inserting themselves into my otherwise timeless images. I wanted everything to myself.
Time gave me the leisure of wandering the whole length of the town, from the still untouched Sainte Radegund church, with its beautiful worn 12th century colors, to the Hotel Baudy studio, where other painters worked, inspired by the same elements of nature that inspired Monet.
I did get the gardens to myself (thanks to Laurie and Blair Pessemier whom I bumped into in the street . . . and who had permission to stay inside the gardens after hours to do some plein air painting).
The light was unimaginably beautiful, as was the solitude. I truly felt the spirit of Monet.

Meredith Mullins is a fine art photographer, photography instructor, writer for OIC Moments, and Director of the International Fine Art Photography Competition. Her work can be seen at  or in her award-winning book, In A Paris Moment. She is also available for private photography instruction/exploration in Paris. Contact her at [email protected]














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Meredith Mullins:  The Timelessness of Giverny

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