Another one from the deepest archives. This is the classic, or less charitably, standard mugshot of this photogenic little town in Calvados. I thought it might be interesting to see how it was circa 1974 when I made this image. We were sleeping in the back of my old minivan at the time, and had just had a stone thrown up by a passing lorry through the windscreen, so it wasn't very secure or very warm! Taken on the trusty old Canon AE1.
Honfleur is especially known for its old, beautiful picturesque port, characterized by its houses with slate-covered frontages, painted many times by artists, including in particular Gustave Courbet, Eugène Boudin, Claude Monet and Johan Jongkind, forming the école de Honfleur (Honfleur school) which contributed to the appearance of the Impressionist movement.
The first written mention of Honfleur is a reference by Richard III, duke of Normandy, in 1027. By the middle of the 12th century, the city represented a significant transit point for goods from Rouen to England.
Located on the estuary of one of the principal rivers of France with a safe harbour and relatively rich hinterland, Honfleur profited from its strategic position from the start of the Hundred Years' War. The town's defences were strengthened by Charles V in order to protect the estuary of the Seine from attacks from the English. This was supported by the nearby port of Harfleur. However, Honfleur was taken and occupied by the English in 1357 and from 1419 to 1450. When under French control, raiding parties often set out from the port to ransack the English coasts, including partially destroying the town of Sandwich, in Kent, England, in the 1450s.
At the end of the Hundred Years' War, Honfleur benefited from the boom in maritime trade until the end of the 18th century. Trade was disturbed during the wars of religion in the 16th century. The port saw the departure of a number of explorers, in particular in 1503 of Binot Paulmierde Gonneville to the coasts of Brazil. In 1506, Honfleurais Jean Denis departed for Newfoundland island and the mouth of the Saint Lawrence. An expedition in 1608, organised by Samuel de Champlain, founded the city of Quebec in modern day Canada.
After 1608, Honfleur thrived on trade with Canada, the West Indies, the African coasts and the Azores. As a result the town became one of the five principal ports for the slave trade in France. During this time the rapid growth of the town saw the demolition of its fortifications on the orders of Colbert.
The wars of the French revolution and the First Empire, and in particular the continental blockade, caused the ruin of Honfleur. It only partially recovered during the 19th century with the trading of wood from northern Europe. Trade was however limited by the silting up of the entrance to the port and development of the modern port at Le Havre. The port however still functions today.
Honfleur was liberated by the Belgian army (Brigade Piron) on 25 August 1944
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Bluejeans (64227) 2012-06-02 3:19
Ola Will ,
Belo trabalho de scan com esta foto com 38 anos , um belo reflexo destes edifícios neste pequeno porto , bons detalhes de arquitetura , boa atmosfera, parabéns !!
Um abraço Gonçalo
yquem46 (32247) 2012-06-02 3:20
I like this one, very moody and quite original with its strong old look
Almost 40 years old but still good
mayjayne (2792) 2012-06-02 4:49
A very picturesque shot of this town. There is a 'faded' painting feeling to this composition - very quaint!
cargus (6450) 2012-06-02 21:02
Light ,color and contrast are excellent, superb reflections in water, very good clarity, excellent picture
tyro (13065) 2012-06-03 3:28
For a photograph which is nearly forty years old, this is a technically excellent photograph. Was it scanned from a slide or negative rather than a print?
The composition is excellent but it is the glorious reflections which really steal the show here - they appear even clearer and sharper than the buildings themselves! The soft colours are lovely, the exposure perfect and the sharpness superb.
baddori (18988) 2012-06-05 22:40
I vecchi archivi ...quanto preziosi ed utili.
e la "mitica" AE1 , l'elettronica ...quante pagine nei giornali specializzati di foto .
Una ottima scansione e sicuramente un mondo cambiato .
Sonata11 (28289) 2012-06-09 12:11
I missed a lot of your beautiful photos. Wonderful composition and fabulous framework as well. Great management of light, natural colors, sharpnness, clarity, POV and great DOF as well. Beautiful city scape of architecture and its great crisp reflection. I really like it a lot. Thanks for sharing.
All the best and have a nice WE,
steph (398) 2012-06-11 13:53
Very nice POV for this colored and clean reflection. The colors reveal by themselves the age of the picture but they also give the romanticism and nostalgic feeling of the old colored pictures. Nice !
macjake (39227) 2012-06-29 0:59
I'm very surprised this photo doesn't have 60+ points instead of only 16! it deserves alot more!
Its going into my France theme, and hopefully i'll be able to check it out in person one day.
It does have the ol' time feel to it, and the water reflections are fantastic.
COSTANTINO (42744) 2012-06-29 1:14
picturesque shot of this town
breathtaking shot with dreamy
reflections,very moody and
first shot quality
eugenefu (391) 2012-07-22 20:08
Love this shot! Looks classic and beautiful.