France - Loire Valley
In the Loire Valley of France I found a garden that threw inspiration at me like a shower of rose petals. The formal gardens at Chateau de Villandry are magnificent examples of how the ruling class of France combined their artistic flare and desire for fresh produce in the kitchen. It's also a world of its own for visiting photographers.
There are literally more than 50 chateaux in the Loire Valley so very few people have actually seen them all. I pity the poor guide book writers who do have to visit every single one and make suitable entries in their notes. The following field guide at Photography for Travellers covers just one chateau, and in fact not even the chateau itself – it's your guide to photographing the gardens of Chateau de Villandry.
Ewen Bell's other website is called "Photography for Travellers", an online guide rich in features both practical and philosophical. Field guides to wonderful locations, insights into techniques plus inspiring idea to help you think differently about the art of photography.
Photography for Travellers
Ewen's guiding principles are simple...
"Go slow. Get closer. Look for the light."
"Photography is about showing other people how to see, to share the beauty of life. It's not a job, it's a lifestyle. We only get one lifetime, one chance to add some light into the world. Photography competitions are mostly silly. Cats are excellent."