A few weeks ago, the International Herald Tribune sent me up into the hills above Cannes in Provence to photograph a keen blogger for an upcoming feature on expat home renovation blogs.
My posts about being a photographer of the South of France are admittedly infrequent, and I follow only a handful of (mainly photography) blogs, so I guess I only dip my toes into the big sea of blogging. It was news to me that a property renovating blog genre even existed. I’d have thought that moving staircases, tiling bathrooms and paint stripping would be enough to keep anyone busy, let alone dusting plaster off a keyboard at the end of a long day with enough energy to write about it.
Yet Nicole Bekdache has bags of get-up-and-go. Apart from structurally overhauling and DIY-decorating her 6 bedroom villa, she has written all about this dream home renovation project on her blog ‘Live. Love. Conquer.’ Here, visitors can find posts and photographs about everything from house-hunting in the South of France to recovering old wooden Provençal shutters and transforming them into wardrobes, or giving a facelift to a terracotta lamp base.
More real estate than real mess
It had been some months since the writer had interviewed Nicole. There had clearly been a lot of progress in the meantime and, apart from the kitchen, the house was pretty much finished when I arrived to do the photography. So it turned out to be more of a real estate photography shoot than a question of dodging plaster dust to document property renovation in action. Having had a scout around ‘Live.Love.Conquer’ beforehand, I barely needed showing round – I certainly knew the place better than a photographer usually does when they arrive on assignment.
A dizzy spin of blogs and photos
As I worked, Nicole took some shots of her own. It didn’t occur to me until I saw it yesterday that the images were, of course, for a blog post – about the photographer being photographed while photographing.
So now its my turn. Blogging about a blogger, who blogged about me.
I feel dizzy.