You are here

A short weekend in Normandy

October 13, 2017

The photos in the first half of this post were taken in Paris, prior to leaving for a short weekend trip to the Normandy region. I found it fitting to contrast the black and white photos taken in Paris with the color photos taken in the countryside and along the coast. There was something about the light in Normandy– perhaps the deep blues, juxtaposed against the muted earth-tones and the wide-open spaces– that compelled me to capture the images in full color. 

Being out in nature, in the small coastal village of Asnelles-sur–Mer, was incredible. While standing on the beach, looking out at the remains of the WWII-era artificial harbour built by the Allies after D-Day, one can't help but be in awe of the massive infrastructual project conceived by Winston Churchill. "How did they build that?" I kept asking myself. 

After doing some investigating I found out that they built the massive concrete structures in pieces in England, then towed them across the channel. After getting the pieces in place, they sunk old ships inside of them to weigh them down. It's crazy, I know, but it worked. 

If you wish to view the photos below in higher resolution, feel free to visit my portfolio: https://www.flickr.com/photos/maxamar-olkus/

 

From Our Blogs

Oct 14 12:08pm

Those Who Make a Place

by Joshua

The places we travel can be beautiful and awe-inspiring.  Monuments carry profound meaning and breathtaking vistas remind us to pause to soak up the majesty of creation.  The hustle and bustle of the active city brings a rush to our veins. 

Learn more
Oct 14 6:20am

A Pop Punk Paris Playlist

by Sabrina

Hi everyone!

Learn more
Oct 13 9:28am

Finding Balance in a New Environment

by Allie

This past month has been a whirlwind of changes and newness.

Learn more
Oct 10 7:44am

My Weekend in Yokohama

by Sara

There's a whole world outside of Tokyo too!

Learn more
Oct 9 10:58am

IES Abroad Customized Program Introduces Latinx Students to Japanese Culture

by IES Abroad

Since the establishment of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) in 1986 and formal recognition by congress in 1992, Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) have been leaders in making higher education more accessible to Latinx students.

Learn more
Oct 9 6:56am

At the Movies

by Makai

    I’ve found myself at a movie theater near the center of Amsterdam twice recently. I always get very into going to movies with my mom when I’m home for the summer.

Learn more