I was living in Lyon when the Charlie Hebdo offices were attacked and was sat at home as the events started unfolding.
I cannot pretend that my account will be as eloquent and insightful as the many articles and editorials written about it, but I will say it shocked and affected me deeply, and when the Je Suis Charlie manifestation happened in Lyon I felt morally obliged to attend.
The best words I have to describe what I felt, I wrote straight after the march:
Today, more than 300 000 Lyonnais and more than 3 million people throughout France united in the streets for freedom of speech, in defiance of terrorism. That people of every political, religious, cultural and social background walked side by side, in peace, for peace, is testament to the achievements of freedom of speech, and why we should continue fighting for it, for without it, we risk losing all our other hard won freedoms.
Nature also seemed to have been profoundly influenced by the shared emotion of a city and nation, and I saw the most beautiful sunset of my 5 months there.
View South towards Bellecour, along the Saône river
Looking North towards Croix Rousse, along the Saône river.
Last moments of light, looking West onto Fourvière and the Basilica.
Posted by leila loves on March 16, 2015
I have been living in France for the past few months, and as a consequence have had the opportunity to meet many wonderful people, see many beautiful places, and work on some very interesting projects.
One of which has been writing and editing a blog called Awkward Abroad, which I created with a very talented illustrator friend.
The other has been translating and writing for Limonadier, a great French online music magazine that’s pretty on it when it comes to new talent.
As for photography, unfortunately my one true love, my camera, was stolen from me over summer so I was fairly dependent on the pixellated and very pedestrian iPhone camera quality. However I did get to use a friend’s old camera for a few weeks before it spluttered and died, and took it to Geneva and Lyon.
Posted by leila loves on March 2, 2015
I travelled to Lyon, France during the summer.
Such a beautiful city, with the Rhone and Saone rivers flanking the centre of town photogenically, and the perfect size for a pedestrian.
Here are 2 sunset trips from the trip!
P.S. Don’t forget I’ve now got an instagram so give me a follow on @sluttysunsets http://instagram.com/sluttysunsets
Posted by leila loves on September 30, 2014
And finally I’m back with some more sunsets from my favourite holiday destination: Cape Town. There is something about the combination of light, clouds and the Atlantic Ocean that make this place the sunset lovers & photographer’s dream.
I have also started an instagram account so follow me @sluttysunsets for regular sunset posts and sunset related innuendo. http://instagram.com/sluttysunsets
I love this tree. I love these colours.
Along with the sea and clouds and sunsets, the boats are pretty nice to watch.
More to come!
Posted by leila loves on July 9, 2014
And the sunsets are back.
This time there is no sea, just hills and open veld.
Taken near Addo Elephant Park in Eastern Cape, South Africa.
Posted by leila loves on April 5, 2014
So as a contrast to the endless posts of sunsets and sea, I have decided to show another, equally beautiful, view of South Africa that I fell in love with on my roadtrip. Here are a selection of skyline views that I took on my iPhone as I tried to capture the sense of endless space that is so characteristic of the Karoo. These photos were taken in and around the Addo elephant park area.
Posted by leila loves on March 21, 2014
These two are the final ones of my most recent Cape Town selection, and I have saved the best till last, I feel.
There is is no editing of this photo except for cropping. The sky became the most beautiful colour I have ever seen, making this my favourite sunset, despite all the other stunning ones.
Every time there was a beautiful sunset, I loved looking back at the mountains where you could see the sunset trail off into the darkness of the mountains.
Posted by leila loves on February 21, 2014
Today’s selection has more of a focus on the that little gap between the sea and the clouds and the amazing colours and textures that came about. Both show the progression of the same sunset.
(Taken in Cape Town)
Posted by leila loves on February 19, 2014
As the infinite grey attempts to dull any memories of warmth or sun, I am fortunate enough to have my secret stash of sunset photos, which I took on holiday in Cape Town, to keep me going.
One of the last sunsets.
Posted by leila loves on February 17, 2014
For the past few weeks I have been on a road trip of sorts through South Africa. Different to my previous trips, it was exciting to discover a more rugged, less purposefully touristic side to such a beautiful country. However my first post on the trip is some of the many photos that I took of the wildlife in Addo Elephant Park and Kazuko Lodge, which are, obviously, two very touristic places at least in terms of presenting ‘Africa’ behind game fences. Nevertheless, the sight of a lion lying by its recent hunt of kudu is very real, and having your car blocked by a herd of elephants having a munch in the middle of the road somewhat SURreal.
A herd of elephants pause for a midday, mid-road snack.
A lion takes a moment in the setting sun, as its lifeless prey looks on in the opposite direction.
Posted by leila loves on September 25, 2013