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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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#vanlife godfather

Foster Huntington, the #vanlife godfather

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It’s the story of a guy who made a complete U turn in life. A guy who decided not to take the motorway, preferring to stick to the smaller tracks and roads. A group of blokes talk about it, a rare breed, and rarer still are those who do it well with annoying skill and success. The story of this guy is touching, like the setting of the sun over Oregon. Foster, a disillusioned dropout from a university in Maine, which he never really wanted to go to. He overcame his problems by releasing ‘A Restless Transplant’, a blog which was quickly spotted by Ralph Lauren who then offered him a job in New-York. Too much time spent behind a desk bored him to death, and inspired him to work on a personal project, The Burning House. This materialist-minimalist photo blog inspired by Wabi-sabiste (!) is drawing attention from a publisher who has offered to make a book out of it. Foster saved the advance payment and spent it immediately on a van (a VW Synchro), quit his job and hit the road, creating the famous #vanlife and released ‘Home Is Where You Park …

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The Way of the World, Nicolas Bouvier

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The Way of the World is story of a journey, of itinerant forays in a Fiat 500 Topolino, taking place in the mid-20th century between Yugoslavia and Afghanistan. The story centres around the author and his painter friend Thierry Vernet. It’s a tale of a maiden voyage, a story of youth – Nicolas Bouvier is only 25 years old – but which stunningly combines poetic aspects with intellectual reflections, embedded in a harsh reality, like the greatest stories of this genre. ‘Being deprived of necessities stimulated, to a certain extent, an appetite for what was essential’. ‘The virtue of travelling is that it purges life before filling it up’. ‘It had to be a flourishing civilisation to speak about women in that tone of mystery. With its tanned daughters, its fresh starched linin, its cows out to pasture and the neighbouring gypsies as leaven in the dough, peasant-Bogojevo had plenty to be pleased about’. ‘In the time it took to smoke a few cigarettes, they made their strings sob for the simple pleasure of turning one’s soul upside down’. ‘They …

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