Author Archives: Glinda Raye

October 25

11 Bretagne

  We went to Bretagne looking for oysters, both to eat and as a photographic subject. After all, this was where Louis XIV arrived at the Bélon River on a campaign of conquest and found the Ostrea Edulis–or Edible Oyster–or Huître de Bélon–or Bélon Flat Oyster–that revolutionized seafood tastes from Paris onward. But more than mollusks, we […]

October 18

11 København

  For years, København has been ranked the coolest city on the planet and the international city with the highest quality of life. Smart urban and environmental planning with open spaces, safe, clean streets, cyclist- and pedestrian-friendly byways, widespread accessibility, loads of culture, and all kinds of restaurants. All of this comes at a high […]

October 11

11 Missions

With little access to imported building materials and skilled labor, the Padres and Native Americans invented an entirely new style of architecture and interior decoration. The Mission Style is still with us in its various reincarnations.

October 10

11 Stromboli

…So we raced around Piscità and San Bartolo, snapping photographs of the gloom, and caught the last ferry back to the mainland. Only then did we realize that we hadn’t photographed a single islander. The entire population had vanished indoors to ride out the storm.

October 09

11 Père-Lachaise

Molière, Eugène Delacroix, Georges Bizet, Frédéric Chopin, Honoré de Balzac, Marcel Proust, Oscar Wilde, Sarah Bernhardt, Isadora Duncan, Gertrude Stein, Colette, Edith Piaf, Marcel Marceau, Richard Wright, Yves Montand, and Jim Morrison all slept here… And still do.

October 04

11 Ghosts

  “The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men Gang aft a-gley…” When Robert Burns wrote these lines, he might have been describing the settlements and structures in these photos. No one starts any enterprise planning for failure, and when life overcomes them and washes away their dreams, it must come as a painful shock. And yet there are thousands […]

October 04

11 Dubrovnik

  The name translates into English as “Oak Grove,” but there aren’t many oaks in evidence around the Old Town World Heritage Site here. The nearest greenery lies in the hills above, from which the Serbs and Montenegrins shelled the city during the seven-month siege of 1991. Not much damage was done in the Croatian War for Independence, […]

October 04

11 Sunsets

One cliché of the photography trade nowadays is that no one will buy a sunset, so why bother taking them? It proves you can get jaded about anything if you try hard enough, because nearly every night, the California beaches fill up with human beings snapping away at the heavens. Our very first sale of […]

October 03

11 Carnage

  We probably have a thousand shots like these, taken long after everyone seems to have forgotten the point of the fighting. In a few cases, the course of history was changed, but in many of the worst, like the Somme and Ypres, absolutely nothing was accomplished. Many of these bloodstained corners of the planet […]

October 03

11 Passages

  Google defines the word “passage” as “the act or process of moving through, under, over, or past something on the way from one place to another.” The key properties are movement and change, two of the great constants of human life. Somehow, in some miniscule way, we expect the other side to be different—either […]

October 03

11 Bastille Day

  The mother of all Bastille Day parades stretches on the morning of July 14 from the Arc de Triomphe down the Champs-Élysées and up Rue Royale to the Place de la Madeleine on the Right Bank of Paris. For one day each year, the ultra-civilized French put down their forks and wine glasses and […]

October 02

11 Skagerrak

We actually thought we were going to the Baltic on this trip, but it turns out that the Baltic doesn’t even start until you pass through the Danish Belts and Sounds outside København. These photos are evenly distributed between the North Sea, the Skagerrak, and the Kattegat–the three massive seas that envelope the Jutland peninsula […]

October 02

11 French Quarter

  A day and night in the street life of the craziest city in North America, New Orleans, Louisiana. Crazy isn’t always this much fun, as the nearby residents of the Ninth Ward have found, but it certainly makes great entertainment for the tourists in the French Quarter.  

October 01

11 Music

  Street musicians, professionals, and contestants strut their musical stuff on two continents.  

October 01

11 Beach Life

  If you live in a place long enough, you’re bound to take a decent photograph or two. Twenty-two years on the Belmont Shore Peninsula in Long Beach, California, produced thousands of shots to choose from. This is a random assortment from all seasons and times of day.  

October 01

11 Auschwitz

  On the day we photographed this place, a vast meteorological storm had pursued us all the way from Germany no less, and caught up at 16:30 as we were leaving. So the gloom in the color photos is unintentional, if appropriate. We’ll leave it to the viewer to decide whether horror shows like this one […]

October 01

11 Marseille

  In Anthony Bourdain’s visit to Marseille for Parts Unknown, he marvels at how a city so beautiful and well fed could have earned so ugly a reputation. He shouldn’t be surprised. The Marseillaise have been working on the unrulier bits of that reputation ever since the earliest French kings tried to lure them into joining Provence and […]

October 01

11 Death Valley

  Our first encounter with an American desert came in driving Interstate 15 north from Los Angeles to Las Vegas through the High Mojave. Where we expected to find Lawrence of Arabia waving from atop a sand dune, we instead crossed a moonscape of barren rocks and tumbleweed half-hidden under a mountain of ghost housing, […]

October 01

11 Sicilia

Sicily today reminds the casual traveler of the southern Italy of fifty years ago–a chaotic stew of wealth and poverty; ruins, rust, and garbage; volcanoes and rugged seascapes; overcrowded markets and alleyways; public art and rampant pollution; with world-class wine, pasta, and fish around every corner. Poverty, of course, is a relative term these days. The Italian state has been pouring money into the […]

October 01

11 Fishing

  For all the news about the vast Russian and Japanese fleets vacuuming the fish population out of the ocean, it’s surprising how much of the world still relies for its seafood on commercial fishing the old, small-scale way. From oysters in the Belon River (where Louis XIV first tasted and rendered them instant delicacies), […]