A house sized canvas of what is arguably the one of the most famous images in the world was an entirely unexpected sight when I arrived at La Gacilly’s Festival Photo. An outdoor photo exhibition had conjured up a mental picture of a row of framed A4 sized photos attached to some railings, possibly, given it was the end of the season, looking slightly worse for the wear. It was damp day and I had been hoping we could whizz round the photos and retire to a cafe or bar for a reviving cafe noir or two. What I discovered was totally unexpected and a joy to visit as the entire village and surrounding area had been taken over by stunning large format photographs, carefully arranged and displayed.
La Gacilly is a pretty village in South East Brittany, situated between the cities of Renne and Vannes, as well as the festival it is also home to beauty magnate Yves Rocher . The Photo Festival, founded by Jacques Rocher, has been running since 2004 and has attracted over 2 million visitors. The themes are loosely along the lines of ethical, people and nature, with the 2014 festival focusing on American photographers.
A winding part through a wood took my on a tour of heart breaking photos from Nick Brandt’s “On this earth, a shadow falls across the ravaged land” trilogy of books charting the disappearing wildlife of East Africa.
If you are in Brittany this summer between June and September the festival is well worth a visit. Full details here.
See more on the La Gacilly’s Pinterest boards.
Fuss Free Flavours travelled to France with Brittany tourism.
All images taken with my iPhone5.