From Bénodet to Etel - Photo Plisson

From Bénodet to Etel

« Will be considered as the sea shore, all that it covers and uncovers during new and full moons, and as far as the great flood of March may extend to the sea side… »
Ordinance of Colbert 1681

Within a few centuries, perception of the coastline has radically changed. Thus, until the late eighteenth century, even though the word "coast" does not exist, we then prefer the word "shore", meaning that it is above "the seaside”. The shore has a repulsive image, as reminds Yves Luginbülh, It is "a place of horror, the place of the flood, the opposite of calm and tranquillity, the edge of the abyss, the place of the apparitions of sea monsters, the location of the discharge of excrement from the sea, the place of kidnappings, pirates, the location of the unsanitary manifested through the stories of sailors in the sea sickness, disease outbreaks on ships. " The Colbert Ordinance also states what may be regarded as the first principle of the non constructible shore: Let's defend all people to build on the shores of the Sea, to plant any pile, nor do any work, which can prejudicial to shipping under penalty of demolition of the works, confiscation of materials and arbitrary fine. "

In this new century, we must note 2 unprecedented initiatives: the Grenelle de la Mer, and the French centre of coastguards which will finally attempt to pool human and material resources of the six jurisdictions that today coordinate the action of the State at sea. Is this an awareness of our politics regarding our Maritime dimension? France, is surrounded by four seas, has the longest coastline in Europe, and is the third naval power in the world... "The sea would not be be complete without its coastline, its homeport in a way. At the crossing of urban, economic, ecological and tourist interests, the coastline is under pressures contributing to its erosion. Coastal protection has become a development issue” (Grennelle 2)

Painters of the Navy have their letters of nobility. Joseph Vernet, in his work “The Views of the ports of France”, illuminates the eighteenth century and not the least, the Enlightenment one. Knighted by Louis XV, from 1753 to 1765, he travelled the coastline and, as such, is named Marine Painter to His Majesty. Two hundred and fifty years after Vernet, and in the tradition of his followers, thanks to my status of Painter of the Navy, I embarked for a work-long course that will lead me to the speed of a walker, from the Flemish coast to the Italian Riviera. A real inventory of our maritime heritage, which does not consider the weather conditions, but emphasizes the illustration, in order to show unsuspected treasures and human error.

As for Volume 1 and 2 , I have one major regret in this modest encyclopaedia, the absence of the Coastal Conservancy, who did not cooperate despite our numerous requests. There was nevertheless a lot to say and to show about the work and acquisitions of this public institution these last 35 years. This Institution manages on our shores 138 000 hectares and 1,200 kilometres of coastline.

I've never merely talk about the sea and remake the world on a world map, as ecological as it could be. I travelled around from tides to waves, to show it as it is and not as we dreamed it to be.

Photographically yours.

Philip Plisson


PS: Talking about maritimity, it is inviting to think about the cultural and social constructions that have been edified by human groups to organize their relations to the sea, to protect themselves, to socialize it, to mark it, to love it.
Françoise Péron,
Professor at the University of Western Brittany, Author of "The Maritime dimension today. "

Photo Galleries/France from the sea/From Brest to Nantes/From Bénodet to Etel

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AA26746 Lighthouse Pointe des Chats on Groix island
Lighthouse Pointe des Chats on Groix island Philip Plisson AA26746

Lighthouse Pointe des Chats on Groix island

AA26746

01/01/1900
5609 x 1981 px
3 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA24078 Beg Meil in the bay of Concarneau
Beg Meil in the bay of Concarneau Philip Plisson AA24078

Beg Meil in the bay of Concarneau

AA24078

09/09/2009
5556 x 2951 px
5 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA24251 Town Close to Concarneau.
Town Close to Concarneau. Philip Plisson AA24251

Town Close to Concarneau.

AA24251

08/09/2009
5461 x 2901 px
3 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA24275 Concarneau.
Concarneau. Philip Plisson AA24275

Concarneau.

AA24275

08/09/2009
5609 x 2982 px
5 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA24272 The district Passage in Concarneau.
The district Passage in Concarneau. Philip Plisson AA24272

The district Passage in Concarneau.

AA24272

08/09/2009
5564 x 2956 px
3 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA24730 Poulguin castel on Aven river.
Poulguin castel on Aven river. Philip Plisson AA24730

Poulguin castel on Aven river.

AA24730

09/10/2009
5440 x 2893 px
4 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA24776 On the Belon river.
On the Belon river. Philip Plisson AA24776

On the Belon river.

AA24776

09/10/2009
5616 x 2723 px
7 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA24789 Bénodet
Bénodet Philip Plisson AA24789

Bénodet

AA24789

08/29/2009
5609 x 2982 px
5 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA24801 End of day on the Odet.
End of day on the Odet. Philip Plisson AA24801

End of day on the Odet.

AA24801

08/29/2009
5605 x 1981 px
3 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA24933 Doélan
Doélan Philip Plisson AA24933

Doélan

AA24933

09/10/2009
5609 x 1981 px
4 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA25320 The Glénan archipelagos
The Glénan archipelagos Philip Plisson AA25320

The Glénan archipelagos

AA25320

01/01/1900
5579 x 1969 px
3 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA26365 Riantec on Little Sea Gâvres
Riantec on Little Sea Gâvres Philip Plisson AA26365

Riantec on Little Sea Gâvres

AA26365

09/11/2009
5616 x 2984 px
4 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA26405 In the bay of Lorient.
In the bay of Lorient. Philip Plisson AA26405

In the bay of Lorient.

AA26405

03/31/2009
5421 x 3614 px
5 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA26416 Sardine fishing boat .
Sardine fishing boat . Philip Plisson AA26416

Sardine fishing boat .

AA26416

09/15/2009
5616 x 3744 px
8 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA26431 In the bay of Lorient.
In the bay of Lorient. Philip Plisson AA26431

In the bay of Lorient.

AA26431

03/31/2009
5591 x 2970 px
5 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA26438 Larmor-Plage
Larmor-Plage Philip Plisson AA26438

Larmor-Plage

AA26438

03/31/2009
5616 x 1982 px
3 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA26442 The city of sailing Eric Tabarly Lorient.
The city of sailing Eric Tabarly Lorient. Philip Plisson AA26442

The city of sailing Eric Tabarly Lorient.

AA26442

03/31/2009
5510 x 3673 px
7 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA26530 The fishing port of Lorient Kéroman.
The fishing port of Lorient Kéroman. Philip Plisson AA26530

The fishing port of Lorient Kéroman.

AA26530

09/11/2009
5616 x 2984 px
5 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA26563 On the river Etel.
On the river Etel. Philip Plisson AA26563

On the river Etel.

AA26563

09/11/2009
5562 x 2955 px
6 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA26615 La Magouer Shipyard in Plouhinec
La Magouer Shipyard in Plouhinec Philip Plisson AA26615

La Magouer Shipyard in Plouhinec

AA26615

09/12/2009
5616 x 3744 px
8 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA26665 Wreck on the Blavet.
Wreck on the Blavet. Philip Plisson AA26665

Wreck on the Blavet.

AA26665

09/10/2009
5616 x 3744 px
10 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA26707 Citadel of Port Louis
Citadel of Port Louis Philip Plisson AA26707

Citadel of Port Louis

AA26707

09/11/2009
5616 x 2984 px
4 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA26705 Hennebont on the Blavet.
Hennebont on the Blavet. Philip Plisson AA26705

Hennebont on the Blavet.

AA26705

09/10/2009
5394 x 3596 px
10 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA26783 Groix island
Groix island Philip Plisson AA26783

Groix island

AA26783

01/01/1900
5613 x 2982 px
5 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA26892 Sainte-Marine
Sainte-Marine Philip Plisson AA26892

Sainte-Marine

AA26892

01/01/1900
5616 x 1982 px
3 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA26899 Ile-Tudy and the Perdrix lighthouse
Ile-Tudy and the Perdrix lighthouse Philip Plisson AA26899

Ile-Tudy and the Perdrix lighthouse

AA26899

01/01/1900
5616 x 1982 px
3 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA26901 Fort-Bloqué.
Fort-Bloqué. Philip Plisson AA26901

Fort-Bloqué.

AA26901

01/01/1900
5408 x 1909 px
3 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA26907 In the port of Groix
In the port of Groix Philip Plisson AA26907

In the port of Groix

AA26907

01/01/1900
5616 x 3744 px
5 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA27289 Saint-Nazaire
Saint-Nazaire Philip Plisson AA27289

Saint-Nazaire

AA27289

09/25/2009
5586 x 1972 px
4 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA26776 Groix island
Groix island Philip Plisson AA26776

Groix island

AA26776

01/01/1900
5616 x 3744 px
7 Mo
RGB Truecolor