Month: April 2016

Photo shooting

Making of a photo shooting, by Jeanne T.

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Making of a photo shooting from WE – VAN on Vimeo. We Van’s first foray into advertising was a one-of-a-kind experience. Götz Göppert, the photographer, had just come back from crossing the Namibian desert on a motorbike, and after our photo shoot, he was due to go to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Between the two trips, the We Van alchemists took him on a slight detour to the most rustic and exotic location of his entire career: the Hameau aux Ducs. And yet the German photographer seemed quite at home at our support base, squeezed in amongst blackberry bushes a short hop from the untamed coast of the Cotentin Peninsula. After all, Cotentin is basically a greener version of the Namibian desert. The meticulous planner that he is, Joseph had brought along enough water to hydrate a multigenerational group – Augustin and his family as extras, Alexandre, the artistic director, François, the advertising consultant, Götz, and me, the Swiss army knife – on a lengthy camel trek. A caravan of vans bursting at the …

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Berlza

Berlza, by Bertrand & Elsa

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We have known for three weeks now. Three weeks with a permanent grin on our faces. Three weeks browsing through guides and websites, picking the brains of our friends and family, to draw up our incredible itinerary. Europe in 25 countries, almost as many languages, and 100 times more kilometers. “Drive your adventure” is a bold challenge launched by the folks at “we-van”, who were faced with the unenviable task of selecting a team to carry their flag and their values in support of the road trip concept. As crazy as it seems, the team they chose is… us. I, Elsa, am the one writing this. I am almost 28 years old, having spent the first 15 of those years on the Ile d’Oléron off the west coast of France, then in Bordeaux and Aix-en-Provence for my “cultural management” studies. It was there, in the capital of Provence, that I met Bertrand, 21 years old at the time, soon to be 27, hiding behind the viewfinder of his camera. I followed him to Marseille where …

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