Thursday, August 16, 2012

Terra Magazine



Hello everyone! I wanted to give a little heads up for my friends in Germany. Remi and I have a story in the current issue of Terra Magazine that will be on news stands through September. Covering a gorgeous twelve page spread, it concerns the  phoenix-like renovation former Imperial City of Huê in Vietnam. 


As I mentioned recently, we had a fantastic time covering our voyage up the Mekong River for Grands Reportages Magazine (I believe I need to make a "Past Adventures" post about it!). We stayed in the region after the cruise ended and with our own funds produced the story on Huê, which originally appeared in France for Figaro Magazine. Our time there was precious. For despite having been heavily bombed during the Tet Offensive in 1968, the monuments retained an innate grace even before UNESCO's renovation had returned them to their former state of beauty. It was equally interesting to be in a former Imperial City at a time when the population was beginning to embrace the traditions of the past.


The ambiance was nothing short of magical. Here is the final paragraph of my article:

"A stream of images swirls past us as we zoom through the city’s streets on the back of a motorcycle. An elderly woman addicted to chewing betel nut flashes us a frightening black-toothed grin. A string of shops sell nylon wedding gowns as puffy as wearable marshmallows amidst internet cafés where every seat is fought over at lunchtime. Steam pours out of portable stands selling pho, the frothy noodle soup. A gentleman dressed in pyjamas proudly offers two perfect eggs for sale by candlelight at the night market. And always, there is a sense of time as moving both backwards and forwards with the flow of the traffic as it shifts for position. Perhaps it has taken over 30 years to arrive at this moment. For in Huê, the past is not a 'Lost Time' after all, but part of a present that is still evolving, zooming forward like the students on their bicycles into the future."
©Heather Robinson

To see more of Remi's lovely photographs on Huê: www.remibenali.com






30 comments:

Jane and Lance Hattatt said...

Hello Heather:
This is all simply wonderful.

Remi's photographs, which we have looked at again, are absolutely exceptional not only for their subject matter, but for their clarity, their composition, their vitality and, of course, for the expertise which lies behind them. And how you complement and match them with your evocative prose which brings to life so clearly and immediately the street scene which you witnessed from the back of a motorcycle. This is a joy to read.

Jackie and Joel Smith said...

Congrats on this beautiful article in Terra Magazine. You two are such a beautifully blended pair of talents!

French Girl in Seattle said...

Heather + Remi = L'equipe qui gagne. :-) Well done. Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

Acquired Objects said...

Just from that paragraph you wrote I want to read more please! Congratulations on your article what a team you and Remi make!

XX
Debra~

Lost in Provence said...

Thank you so much my friends. I will pass on your kind compliments to Remi as well.

They are announcing a heat wave for our part of the world. I truly hope that you are managing to stay considerably cooler. Vive l'autumn!

Lost in Provence said...

Merci beaucoup! The same could be said of another couple that I know...

Lost in Provence said...

L'equipe qui gagne? Donc nous sommes L'Equipe Francaise du Handball? Whoohoooo!!!!!! *assume Bolt stance now*

Lost in Provence said...

Thanks so much Debra! I'd be happy to send you the English version if you want. :)

cindy said...

Wow the photos are amazing and thanks to your wonderful script I felt as though I was there. You guys are so talented!

Loree said...

That is wonderful. Your words are like beautiful pearls. It was a joy to read your closing paragraph. Pity I don't understand German because I am sure the full article would make an awesome read.

BigLittleWolf said...

This is so cool! (I wish I spoke German... hélas, non. How wonderful that you two can team up in this fashion to produce such an exquisite result.

(An English translation - somewhere?)

kabayoz said...

The "Dynamic Duo". Remi's pictures are truly exceptional. And your talent with a pen can create visual imagines that are just as clear and poetic as the pictures from his cameras.

Lost in Provence said...

How about...sleeping on my computer? Never published in English. Would be happy to send it!

Lost in Provence said...

That is a mighty fine compliment! Kabayoz, I don't know how you found me but I am glad that you did. I love the way you express yourself.
Bon weekend!

Lost in Provence said...

Loree, you are way too kind! And what a gorgeous thing to say. If you email me with your address, I'd be happy to send the whole thing to you. :)

Lost in Provence said...

Merci Cindy! Have a wonderful weekend...

david terry said...

Dear Heather,

Well, congratulations to you and Mister Britches on your new publication. The article does look fascinating. Like several others among your readers,however, my first thought is that there's not much point in my googling the magazine, since I speak only about 3 words in German. Oddly enough, I've been there many times (mostly up in Lubeck), but all of my German friends are utterly/dauntingly fluent in English....and, even more oddly, they all speak the language with utterly-clipped, Oxford pronunciation. It's a bit disorienting to sit around a typical German academic's kitchen, munching on those inevitable late-afternoon cakes&cookies. All I have to do is to close my eyes, and suddenly I would swear that I'm back in an Oxford tearoom in the mid-eighties.

Not entirely beside the point....have you ever seen a marvelous, beautiful book titled "Hot Sour Salty Sweet"?

It's one of the most gorgeous (not a word I use lightly or frequently) books I've ever owned....mostly a cookbook, but also a pictorial travelogueand sociological investigation of the Mekong delta...written by a Canadian couple who've spent many years travelling in southeast Asia. your current posting made me recall that (for the third time) I don't actually have a copy, myself....I keep giving it away to guests who, having picked it up, are fascinated by it. I just ordered ANOTHER copy for myself.

you and your readers can find reviews and descriptions of the book at:

http://www.amazon.com/Hot-Sour-Salty-Sweet-Southeast/dp/1579651143/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1345206240&sr=8-1&keywords=salty+sweet+sour

...yet more proof that you husband/wife, photographer/writer teams can cough up some really great stuff if left to your own editorial devices.

Once again, congratulations to you and Remi,

David Terry


P.S. you'll be thrilled to hear that, just this morning (at 6:30 am, to be precise) Her and I also embarked on a truly joint-project. Our very drunk, glamorous divorcee neighbor came toddling-over from her historic mansion yesterday afternoon...through our adjoining fences... and she left the gate open. This (and the eight-foot-high fencing surround the perimeter of the back gardens) is what keeps the damned things OUT. They'd be in the kitchen, opening the refrigerator and eating all the lettuce, if that fence and gate didn't exist. As of this morning?....the dogs went INSANE, and we realized that there were twelve deer (and two splay-legged fawns) in the rose garden, munching away. We, in our housecoats and nothing else, spent a good fifteen minutes chasing those things all around that enormous back yard...trying to herd them towards the one opening in the enclosure. Herve had to take another shower before dressing and driving off to work, still in a sweat.

Suddenly, an elegant little apartment in the center of Arles seems infinitely desirable. Did I mention that two of the dogs hystercially FOLLOWED all those danged deer half a mile down the road while we were busy flushing-out the remaning two deer?...

LA CONTESSA said...

BEAUTIFULLY written.......HEATHER!I applaud you!

kabayoz said...

Dear Heather, I found you through A Femme Un...and My French Country Home blogs. Soooo glad to have found you. English isn't my native tongue, as you can tell from the way I write and express myself. Wish I'd paid more attention in school, perhaps my grammar would have been a lot better. So far, it hasn't stopped me yet...:) It is always a joy to read your blog!!!

Lost in Provence said...

Kabayoz, I would have never, ever guessed that English wasn't your first language, just so you know...
Merci et bon weekend!

Lost in Provence said...

Oh my, how I love to imagine the sight. And wonder what the neighbors thought as you chased the random two dogs down in your housecoats. My goodness.

I will be stalking that cookbook shortly.

Oops, must run, more soon!

david terry said...

Hey Heather...none of the neighbors can, actually , see us. All of the thirty-five or so,at most, genuinely historic houses are arranged around a six street grid laid out in 1745...and the properties are all at least two acres (I still haven't figured out which house owns the acre-wide "common" backing out onto our property....LONG-since filled with old boxwoods, trees, various abondoned gardens from the 1880's or the 1920's...and southern shrubs. All in all, it take a bit of work to find your neighbors, much less see them.

In any case, we DO have plenty of "privacy".....thereby observing my Tennessee father's dictum that "There's ust no point in paying taxes on a place if you can't piss in the yard without worrying about some neighbor's seeing you and calling the police......"

He's right, by the way.

Advisedly as ever,

Your Country Uncle David
Hillsborough, NC, USA

Lost in Provence said...

Well, the ladies can't quite have the same point of view on that one Uncle David but if there was a pool involved, I could appreciate the possibility of diving in au naturel. And two acres...what I wouldn't give for even the tiniest corner. We really underestimated--or at least I did--how very, very much I would miss having a terrace, any outdoor space.

And to hop back to your former comment, I really did make this post for my readers in Germany--they don't leave comments but I happen to know that they exist!

Wishing you a lovely Saturday. It is too hot to do much here besides read--which is just fine by me!

Lost in Provence said...

Thank you my gorgeous friend!

Leslie said...

Heather,

Congratulations on your contribution to this magazine! What an interesting topic and the photographs are beautiful. Your writing is exceptional Heather.. wow!

What an amazing experience to travel to this part of the world.

Enjoy your weekend.

leslie

david terry said...

Hey Heather...just to clarify?.....I put on regular shorts and a t-shirt before chasing-down the dogs. As any number of magazines have mentioned, this tiny town is chock-a-block with famous, southern writers, and I don't intend to be providing any of them with free-fodder for their "Way-ull, thass juss' the way We-all are Down Heah!" tales.

-----david

helen tilston said...

Hello Heather

Congratultions to both of you on this story of Vietnam. Your writing Heather and Remi's images flow in harmony. You are a perfect match. Your writing transported me to the back seat of a motorcycle and I felt the rhythm of the city in your poetic words.
Thank you for the link to Remi's web site, I shall be returning to view his masterpieces.

Thanks for sharing and have a glorious weekend.

Helenxx

Lost in Provence said...

Thanks so much for your kind words, Leslie, they really are much appreciated...

Lost in Provence said...

Helen--sending out a virtual hug to you! Merci, merci, merci!!!

Looking Glass said...

Congratulations! What a perfect team you are.

~ Clare x