99.9% of the people who travel to Provence... go in the summer when everyone else goes. I chose to spend 100 days in Provence... from Mid-November '12 to Mid-March '13 in a large "mas" with its resident cat GrosGris.
I am a photographer/writer and I wanted to capture the Provence that few people have ever seen or experienced...unless you are lucky enough to live there. I set out to capture the quiet of the countryside as it lay dormant. I also made it a priority to engage with the local artisans. The goat cheese lady, the builder, the sheep herder, the wood sculptor, the stone carver,a local historian, a chef and the hat maker... all became wonderfully cooperative subjects and friends. The experience was one-of-a-kind. Provence became even more beautiful and much more personal. The crowds were no where to be seen but Provence was still open... the villages... the shops and the markets... even when a little snow fell.
I have now digitally printed a book with many of the photos that were taken during that unbelievably productive winter in Provence.