Couleur Café…

About a month ago, I was nominated by the fabulous and witty new-yorkaise, Miss Ella Coquine, to partake in Travel Supermarket’s Capture the Colour Photo Contest. Ella’s blog is so funny and addicting that I await her posts like I await the next episode of Breaking Bad. Je déconne pas ! If you have not yet stumbled upon her blog, you are in for a treat! Merci beaucoup Ella ! Gros bisous !

This is the coolest thing that I’ve been nominated for since joining the blogosphere, as it involves: 1.) Photography! 2.) Colors! 3.) Money! 4.) an iPad3! Oh yeah… That’s why I’ve managed to return to this blog and interrupt my August canicule coma-like state to submit my entry before the August 29 deadline! I also get to nominate 5 fellow bloggers (sorry for the short notice) of whom I’m confident have insanely gorgeous and colorful photos themselves.

How to enter:

  • Publish a Capture the Colour post on your blog with images for all 5 colors if possible. Bloggers who don’t have photos for all 5 colors will still be in with a chance of winning the iPad category prize but to be eligible to win the £2000 overall prize your blog post should feature photo’s for all 5 categories.
  • Nominate 5 fellow bloggers to take part in Capture the Colour at the end of your post and notify them via Twitter or Facebook
  • You have until the 29th August 2012, to let them know you’ve entered by either:
  1. – Linking to your blog post on your Facebook wall mentioning Capture the Colour.
  2. – Linking to your post via Twitter including @travelsupermkt and #capturethecolour in your tweet.
  3.  Emailing your entry. Send your link, name, email address and phone number to

Basically, choose your best, most original photo/s that represent 5 different colors — if possible 1 or more of the colors blue, green, yellow, white & red. For more info be sure to visit their website and see their Terms & Conditions page.

Alright, all this text colors me the wrong way. Let’s get to the pictures, shall we? Allez c’est parti !

*be sure to click on images to see them larger!


Essaouira, Morocco – 2012

This gorgeous city of artisans, situated on the Atlantic coast of Morocco, contains a remarkable amount of blue: from the sky, the water and of course the buildings that all have a touch (or more) of sky-blue paint. Essaouira enchanted me with a feast of blue incomparable to anywhere else in the world that I’ve visited; a sensory experience of which I will never forget. The 3 hour bus-ride from Marrakech was well worth it, and I would highly recommend it to others.


Grenoble (quartier Saint-Laurent), France – 2012

Green was a particularly difficult selection for me to make. Living in the French Alps, I have so many photos with green in them: from the grass, plants, trees, de la Chartreuse and, ya’ know, the enormous, lush green Alpine mountains that I’m surrounded by here. I followed the judge’s advice and went with a photograph of mine that portrayed green in an atypical way — a photograph that shows a sense of my signature style and technique. A photo that I had fun taking. I started pursuing photography in my early teens and my family’s cheeky felines were my first models. This photograph makes me think back to Grenobloise at 14 years old, in New York, capturing the dramatic light and color on my white Bengal kitty, Hagi, with my new (and first!) digital camera that I had recently received for my birthday. I hope you enjoy this picture as much as I do.


lac d’Annecy, France – 2012

Okay, yellow was the other tough one. Tougher than green. I immediately thought of food and I really wanted to find an interesting picture of chicken tagine with pickled lemons from Marrakech, or secondly, a photo of mine of a bright yellow flan on a purple tablecloth from Barcelona. But, my yellow food pics didn’t quite work artistically. I spent hours searching for yellow in a unique way — a photo which sparked within me familiarity and joy. Hélas, I found this shot of mine from Annecy, the birthplace of mon chéri barbu — a fellow Alpine city that I am lucky enough to visit on a regular basis. If you don’t know already, Annecy lake is one of the most beautiful lakes in the world, and the cleanest one in Europe. It happens to be right next a picturesque, medieval town appropriately known as “The Venice of France”. Peddle boats (called les pédalos in French) are always seen on Annecy lake, but not so often singled out nor accompanied by a crow in place of human tourists — so this photo takes the cake pour moi.


Edinburgh, Scotland – 2012

As my loyal readers may already know, I was away on vacation in Edinburgh for the first week of this month. One of the first things I noticed about this place were the clouds. They were large, numerous and fluffy, a bit more of what I’m used to back home on the islands of New York (Manhattan, Long and Fire, if I’ve sparked your curiosity!). I suppose due to the flat land, proximity to water and the wind. Then, there was a second familiarity: seagulls. Everyone seems to hate them due to their loud cries, but I just cannot. I’ve been surrounded by them my entire life; like deer and racoons, they are too engrained into my visual vocabulary — c’est-à-dire my nostalgia from back home — to dislike them. This photo is clever because of the successful overlay of white-on-white, and I’m quite impressed with it! And, to add a bit of a Royal Scottish twist, this photo was taken at the Edinburgh castle!


Le marché aux épices, Marrakech – 2012

Let’s hope that I’ve chosen a Red photo that would make Mark Rothko proud! This was the easiest color of this competition. I fell in love with this photo the moment I took it. I had a blast speaking with this man and buying all sorts of Moroccan goodies from him! What can I say about this photo that you can’t experience for yourself?! Régalez-vous bien !

Now here are my nominees (hurry up, you have a week)!

Du Coté de Chez Laët

Emilie and Léa’s Secrets

Books, cupcakes and cats chasing chipmunks

Trying to be Concious

Life in Marakesh

Good luck les filles! I hope one of us wins!


  • Cécile
    August 22, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    Thank you Grenobloise! This is an exciting and fun contest but I’m not sure I’ll be able to take part before the 29th as I’m on holiday, away from my computer, until the 27th!

    It would be difficult to be against you and your gorgeous photos anyway- love the one you chose for green, atypical indeed 🙂

    • grenobloise
      August 28, 2012 at 1:46 pm

      Salut Cécile ! Sorry for the short notice; especially during the slowest month of the year. And thanks for the compliments! I’m glad you liked the Green photo. 🙂

      I hope you’ve had a wonderful vacation!

  • Carine
    August 23, 2012 at 1:19 am

    Congratulations and thank you so much for the award. What a great idea, even without the prize!
    Your pictures are beautiful,it’s going to be hard to compete!

    • grenobloise
      August 28, 2012 at 1:47 pm

      Hi Carine! Thanks so much and you are very welcome. I love your post on Baltimore by the way — I had no idea it was so nice there!

      • Carine
        August 28, 2012 at 9:20 pm

        Thank you 🙂
        I have completely forgotten about the awrd. Guess I know what my post will be tonight 😉

  • ellacoquine
    August 23, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    Great selections!!! I love how each photo has a hint of the theme color. Yellow being my favorite. I’m so glad you entered the contest (you were the only one out of my 5 nominations!), you are so talented and have a great eye!. Good luck! I really do hope the winner is someone I know!

    ps – Thanks for the awesome write-up. I’m blushing right now.

    • grenobloise
      August 28, 2012 at 1:52 pm

      Merci Ella ! I’m glad you like my choices — that means a lot coming from you; a fantastic photographer! It took forever to make the decisions. Yeah, I’m dying to hear who the winner is– hoping it is you and/or me! I don’t know anyone else who has entered.

      Ps- you’re very welcome for the write-up; my pleasure!

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