I’m currently finding myself wandering through France, or more specifically lost somewhere in the French countryside. The pace of life is slow here, the seasons change slowly, and change itself changes slower still. These are my attempts to capture the scenery and the world around me, to be able to look back at them and remember a certain emotion or inspiration, or simply to remember a fleeting moment in time.  For what else is memory,  but a random series of images projected in your mind’s eye.

Contact me at: jp.dgreef@gmail.com

59 responses

  1. Your photos are very interesting and capture moments extremely well! Thank you for commenting on my weekly photo challenge post! I have always been intrigued by abandoned places myself 🙂

    August 1, 2011 at 12:32 am

    • Thanks for the compliment and visit. You do great work at your blog and constantly keep it fresh and intriguing, keep up the brilliant work!

      August 1, 2011 at 6:56 am

  2. Thank you for your time and appreciation. Your images are fantastic!

    August 4, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    • Only a pleasure, and thanks so much for the compliment.

      August 4, 2011 at 7:49 pm

  3. Kenny Baik

    Awesome blog. Love your style of photography.

    August 6, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    • Thanks so much, really appreciate the compliment and the subscription.

      August 6, 2011 at 11:04 pm

  4. I’m really pleased that I’ve discovered your blog through your lovely comments on mine. I like your work very much – especially the emotional feel that comes across from the images.

    August 9, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    • Believe me the feelings mutual, it was such a treat to discover your work as well, you do beautiful things over there. Thanks so much for the compliments, and the subscription as well. I’m looking forward to all your new posts.

      August 9, 2011 at 1:15 pm

  5. Wow, your photography is gorgeous! Must be nice to live in France!

    August 9, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    • Thank you so much, what a kind thing to say. Yep, France most definitely is something else, everyday’s a new adventure.

      August 9, 2011 at 8:24 pm

  6. I am enjoying your use of tints…its not something I typically do so I like the variety. Great work!

    August 9, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    • Yeah, to be honest with you I do jump around quite a bit between styles, techniques etc. The thing is just that I like variety, and I try to make each one slightly different, that’s also where the use of tinting comes in I suppose. Glad you like it though, and thanks for all the warm comments.

      August 9, 2011 at 8:49 pm

  7. Hello there!
    I’d like to thank you for your comments on my photoblog 🙂
    I like your own works very much as well, especially those of snapshots. And, the retro looks on some of the color photographs, how do you achieve that? I’m intrigued.

    August 11, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    • Hi! Thanks so much for the compliment, and also for the visit. Well, the retro look I mostly get through adjusting my tones and exposure when editing, sometimes I also add a light vignette when the moment feels right. Mostly it’s just trail and error you know.
      Good luck with the photography!

      August 12, 2011 at 7:01 am

  8. Thanks for subscribing to my blog Lens and Pens by Sally–I think that it is important to view other photographer’s work. Your images show the universality of the human condition. It matters not where we live, but how we see the world. You’re in France, and I live on the East Coast of the USA. I subscribed to your blog to watch how you envision and capture the world that surrounds you. France is one of my favorite countries to visit.

    August 21, 2011 at 12:46 am

    • You are absolutely right, and I would actually go as far and say that it’s essential to view other photographer’s work. Each one of us sees the world in a different and unique way, which makes all of it so utterly fascinating. I must just add that I love your blog and the insights that you share there. Looking forward to reading more…

      August 21, 2011 at 4:16 pm

  9. I like your blog and nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award 🙂

    October 1, 2011 at 12:23 pm

  10. Rufus Mangrove

    france is a great place to find yourself, no?? maybe we could swap abodes . . . you come here to nyc and i’ll go over there. :-). love the atmospheric shots here . . .peace.

    November 9, 2011 at 11:30 am

    • Yeah, France is an awesome place to live, even out in the countryside where I’m currently at. But NYC, hell yes! I’ve always wanted to go you know, all that atmosphere and excitement…maybe one day. Cheers for the compliment man, glad you like them.

      November 9, 2011 at 3:47 pm

  11. Bonjour… I really like your photography style and techniques. You have a way of creating photos that are profound and fill with a sense of emotional depth.

    November 24, 2011 at 1:35 pm

  12. Bonjour Emily! Thank you so much, you really flatter me you know. Yes, I suppose for me it’s all about creating an emotional response in the viewer, or sharing one. I don’t know, I just find it important to try and connect on a ‘personal’ level, if you know what I mean.

    November 24, 2011 at 5:32 pm

  13. j aime vraiment ton travaille…. merci :)))

    December 3, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    • Thanks so much, and you said it in French!

      à plus tard,


      December 3, 2011 at 6:57 pm

  14. Hey there,
    Nice to ‘meet’ you and thanks for checking out my site and images. I got to check out some of your site and it feels like a kinship I can appreciate. Thanks for sharing…….
    Magical in all the ways image/memory touch and unfold.
    Thanks so much.

    December 30, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    • Hi Jaqueline!

      You have a wonderful site, and yes, I agree completely, we do indeed share a kinship – So it is great hearing from you! Looking forward to hearing, and seeing more from you…

      All the best,

      December 30, 2011 at 7:14 pm

  15. There’s definitely something to be said for getting lost in France! I enjoy it too!

    December 30, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    • Oh yes, absolutely the best place to get lost, I reckon. And I noticed that you speak French, which is of course a big bonus when you are really lost. Thanks for the visit, and I love your art!

      December 30, 2011 at 9:39 pm

  16. Betwean you and me, I live there, have done for the last eight years! I’m hoping never to be found. Speaking French patois definitely does help. I’m glad you like my art, I like yours too!

    December 30, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    • Ah right, and yes, I kinda had a suspicion that might be the case…I’m very astute, you know. LOL Which département if I may be so bold to ask? I’m in the Aveyron myself.

      Happy new year, Laura!

      December 31, 2011 at 8:44 am

  17. 79. Happy new year to you too!

    December 31, 2011 at 11:37 am

  18. I really like your work!

    January 5, 2012 at 3:03 am

  19. I’m happy to have landed here. Your “minds eye” is utterly sublime.

    January 16, 2012 at 4:19 am

    • What a cool thing to say, thank you so much Karen. And I’m delighted to hear that you’re enjoying my humble little efforts over here, it really does means a lot, so cheers for that!

      January 16, 2012 at 7:52 am

  20. Nice work…keep it up! Where are you from?

    January 18, 2012 at 5:49 am

    • Thanks so much! Well, I’m a South African living in France.

      January 18, 2012 at 7:54 am

  21. JP – your blog is beautiful. It has a distinct characteristic, and that is to evoke a myriad of emotions – through text, song/lyricism and imagery. Thanks so much for sharing that.

    January 30, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    • Ah, Marina, you really are too kind, but if I at least evoke emotion then I’m more than satisfied as technically wise I’ll probably never be that proficient – way too impatient, and ironically unfocused in my approach.

      Thank you kindly, I appreciate the encouragement massively.

      January 31, 2012 at 11:49 am

  22. Bree

    I like the sound of your project. Looking forward to seeing more of your work. If you’re still looking for funding, you might want to look into it at http://www.kickstarter.com/ where a lot of people have found more than enough funds for creative endeavors of all sorts. Good work and good luck.

    February 14, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    • Hi Bree. Thanks, glad to hear that you like the sound of it, and hopefully it will work out! Yes, I looked at ‘Kickstarter’, but unfortunately after I read the fine print it came to light that the platform is only available to American citizens, which as you can imagine was quite a bummer. But luckily I did manage to find another platform which is available internationally, so it’s all good.

      Thanks again,

      February 14, 2012 at 5:56 pm

      • Bree

        Mmm, if something is going to get the person it’s definitely the fine print. Glad to hear you found an international platform. Will keep an eye on you.


        February 14, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    • Oh yes, it get’s you every time…and usually just as you’re about to get excited. Thanks, Bree, and I’ll keep a eye on that wonderful work you do as well.

      February 14, 2012 at 9:53 pm

  23. elmediat

    Hello. I know you visit my blog regularly and it is appreciate. Have you had trouble with accessing my blog or comments ? I have been accused of somehow sending spam by Adrian. Let me know please. I posted about the accusation. I thought there was a glitch on WordPress. Thanks for supporting my blog.

    March 3, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    • No, I haven’t had a any problems in this regard, and after reading your post on the matter I can’t help but think that the whole issue is some big misunderstanding. And I’m sure the error came from WordPress, and not any individuals. Hope everything’s sorted out now!

      March 4, 2012 at 6:46 pm

  24. Thanks for stopping by my blog and liking some of my posts. I look forward to following your blog and enjoying your photography.


    March 3, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    • Thank you, and it was a great pleasure visiting your wonderful site! All the best, JP.

      March 3, 2012 at 10:59 pm

  25. i can feel your work – fascinating – ready for more

    March 5, 2012 at 8:54 am

    • Hi Katrien! So good to hear from you, and yes, I think we share a very similar world view. We both search for meaning and wonder in detail, we are both transfixed by things like these. Yes, kindred spirits are a rare & wonderful thing…

      March 5, 2012 at 5:33 pm

  26. Hi,

    I’ve just nominated you for the ABC award as I really admire your blog.


    You can of course chose whether or not to accept this award, it is entirely up to you but I hope you will.

    March 15, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    • That’s brilliant, thanks so much! And congrats again on all your recent nominations, they are indeed richly deserved.

      March 15, 2012 at 9:40 pm

  27. What spectacular photography. Thank you for visiting 20 Lines so that I could find my way here.

    Best wishes,


    March 27, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    • Hi Melissa. And thank you so much for the great compliment. Much love for that!

      March 27, 2012 at 1:57 pm

  28. elmediat

    You have been awarded the Angelika Award. 🙂

    March 28, 2012 at 3:26 am

    • That’s fantastic! Thank you ever so much for the recognition, it really is much appreciated.

      March 28, 2012 at 7:01 am

  29. Great images. Lookimg foward in following your journey!!!

    April 19, 2012 at 2:45 am

    • Thanks so much! Great having you along for the ride.

      April 19, 2012 at 8:02 am

  30. glennweissel

    Really enjoy visiting your site and appreciate you finding me! Enjoy the Frech countryside and drink some wine for me.

    April 22, 2012 at 11:22 pm

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