Normandy is one of the French regions richest in history and culture, as demonstrated by the numerous ancient villages and characteristic villages that are found on its territory and the fantastic architecture such as the Norman castles or the numerous abbeys, including the wonderful Abbey of Mont Saint Michel built on the homonymous islet. The history of Normandy is also recent history, linked to D-day, the landing of the allied troops in the Second World War that took place on these beaches.
Normandy also gives us an extraordinary natural landscape, the cliffs over the ocean and the exceptional tides have inspired artists for centuries and the views of this area are a recurring subject in the paintings of the Impressionist art movement. The cliffs of Étretat, for example, have been portrayed by all the Impressionist painters and their precursors: Monet, Courbet, Delacroix, and Boudin.
Taking pictures in these locations is something extraordinary. Personally, the landscape of Étretat is by far one of my favorite places to shoot, I have already visited it three times and without a doubt, would go back every year! The massive Manneporte and the cliffs of Aval and Amont offer extraordinary photographs, whether you are looking for a postcard effect with the wonderful colors of sunrises and sunsets, or if you want to take a more sophisticated photograph through black and white prints, long exposures or minimalisms.
A word also about the hamlets and villages of Normandy, where you can capture exceptional images thanks to traditional architecture such as the colorful half-timbered houses or to the romantic and picturesque marinas such as Honfleur. The islet of Mont Saint Michel deserves a separate mention. In addition to the magnificent medieval abbey, it is also extraordinary to photograph its alleys or the unmissable view of the islet during the tides.