Chasing the Wind with a Camera

Chris Schluep on February 14, 2019
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mistralcover.jpgHow do you photograph the invisible? That's the goal photographer Rachel Cobb set out for herself in her work Mistral: The Legendary Wind of Provence. The book is a collection of her photographs from 20 years spent in Provence, and her goal is to capture le Mistral, the legendary wind that blows down the Rhone Valley.

The Mistral leaves its effect on the region in many ways. It is in the traditional design of the houses (no windows to the windward side), in the carved shapes of the trees and mountains, and as you can see in the photos included below, in the the flight of birds or tangled in a bridal veil.

Because she has been returning to this region for years, Cobb's photos run from from film to digital. There is a sense of history, of documentation, and also of the immediacy of a captured moment, and I found myself lingering on the pages, reading the pieces from famous authors included in the book, and thinking that--aside from a novel--this might be the ultimate cure for the social media saturated, fast-paced and shallow information age that we find ourselves living in. At least it felt that way for me. It slowed me down and made me happy.

Here are few photographs from the book:

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