About the Book
James Blake has visited France on numerous occasions, firstly when he hitch hiked to La Rochelle in the west in the 1980’s, and again in the 1990’s on the way to Spain via Beunne in the middle, and also coming back from Holland via Calais in the north and then returning from Morocco and The Western Sahara and Spain via Toulouse in the south and Paris in the north in the 2000’s. James didn’t take his first photographs of the country until 2011, when he visited Marseille, Cassis, SanarySur-Mer and Bandol in the south. Since then James has returned to France on a few more occasions and visited Calais, Lille, Paris, Avignon, Nimes, Narbonne, Toulouse, Perpignan and Cerbere. James’ book on France certainly isn’t as comprehensive a book on a country as large as France should be (it would take hundreds of visits to complete that) but it does hopefully show some of the things he saw and show some of the character of the country. To James it seems in a way that France is a country of two halves, a medieval Gothic north and a Mediterranean Roman south, and even though an expensive country to visit, certainly one of the most inspiring – especially if you are a town planner. There can be few cities more rewardingly laid out as Nimes for a visitor to experience. And for a lover of Figurative Sculpture few countries have some much fine art on public display as France. France certainly is an inspirational country to see.