From Piriac to Saint-Gildas Point - Photo Plisson

From Piriac to Saint-Gildas Point

« 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. "

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AA26853 Batz-sur-mer
Batz-sur-mer Philip Plisson AA26853

Batz-sur-mer

AA26853

09/24/2009
5590 x 1973 px
4 Mo
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AA26914 Coast Grain Jade
Coast Grain Jade Philip Plisson AA26914

Coast Grain Jade

AA26914

01/01/1900
5906 x 3043 px
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AA26927 The Loire river
The Loire river Philip Plisson AA26927

The Loire river

AA26927

09/25/2009
5616 x 3744 px
5 Mo
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AA26951 The Donges refinery on the Loire.
The Donges refinery on the Loire. Philip Plisson AA26951

The Donges refinery on the Loire.

AA26951

09/24/2009
5581 x 2965 px
5 Mo
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AA26970 Coal Terminal in Montoir-de-Bretagne
Coal Terminal in Montoir-de-Bretagne Philip Plisson AA26970

Coal Terminal in Montoir-de-Bretagne

AA26970

09/24/2009
5578 x 2963 px
4 Mo
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AA27007 Paimboeuf on the Loire
Paimboeuf on the Loire Philip Plisson AA27007

Paimboeuf on the Loire

AA27007

09/24/2009
5616 x 2984 px
5 Mo
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AA27022 Le Croisic
Le Croisic Philip Plisson AA27022

Le Croisic

AA27022

09/24/2009
5616 x 1982 px
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AA27024 Le Croisic
Le Croisic Philip Plisson AA27024

Le Croisic

AA27024

09/24/2009
5609 x 1980 px
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AA27036 Le Croisic
Le Croisic Philip Plisson AA27036

Le Croisic

AA27036

09/24/2009
5553 x 1960 px
4 Mo
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AA27040 The Loire river
The Loire river Philip Plisson AA27040

The Loire river

AA27040

09/24/2009
5573 x 2960 px
4 Mo
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AA27072 La Baule
La Baule Philip Plisson AA27072

La Baule

AA27072

09/24/2009
5616 x 2984 px
4 Mo
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AA27074 The grand Charpentier lighthouse
The grand Charpentier lighthouse Philip Plisson AA27074

The grand Charpentier lighthouse

AA27074

01/01/1900
5465 x 3644 px
7 Mo
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AA27098 Saint-Nazaire
Saint-Nazaire Philip Plisson AA27098

Saint-Nazaire

AA27098

09/24/2009
5566 x 1964 px
4 Mo
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AA27106 Saint-Nazaire
Saint-Nazaire Philip Plisson AA27106

Saint-Nazaire

AA27106

09/24/2009
5572 x 1967 px
3 Mo
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AA27114 Saint-Nazaire
Saint-Nazaire Philip Plisson AA27114

Saint-Nazaire

AA27114

09/24/2009
5616 x 1982 px
6 Mo
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AA27120 Piriac-sur-mer
Piriac-sur-mer Philip Plisson AA27120

Piriac-sur-mer

AA27120

11/07/2009
5587 x 1972 px
3 Mo
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AA27124 Pornichet
Pornichet Philip Plisson AA27124

Pornichet

AA27124

09/24/2009
5474 x 2908 px
6 Mo
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AA27149 The Pouliguen
The Pouliguen Philip Plisson AA27149

The Pouliguen

AA27149

09/24/2009
5616 x 1982 px
3 Mo
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AA27153 The Pouliguen
The Pouliguen Philip Plisson AA27153

The Pouliguen

AA27153

09/24/2009
5616 x 1982 px
4 Mo
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AA27173 Nantes
Nantes Philip Plisson AA27173

Nantes

AA27173

09/25/2009
5571 x 2959 px
3 Mo
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AA27241 Tharon-plage
Tharon-plage Philip Plisson AA27241

Tharon-plage

AA27241

09/25/2009
5372 x 3581 px
8 Mo
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AA27245 Jules Verne museum in Nantes
Jules Verne museum in Nantes Philip Plisson AA27245

Jules Verne museum in Nantes

AA27245

09/25/2009
3744 x 5616 px
8 Mo
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AA27249 On the quays of Nantes
On the quays of Nantes Philip Plisson AA27249

On the quays of Nantes

AA27249

09/25/2009
5616 x 2984 px
5 Mo
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AA27255 Nantes
Nantes Philip Plisson AA27255

Nantes

AA27255

09/25/2009
5563 x 1964 px
3 Mo
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AA27279 Nantes
Nantes Philip Plisson AA27279

Nantes

AA27279

09/25/2009
5616 x 2984 px
6 Mo
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AA27284 Nantes
Nantes Philip Plisson AA27284

Nantes

AA27284

09/25/2009
5616 x 3744 px
8 Mo
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AA27289 Saint-Nazaire
Saint-Nazaire Philip Plisson AA27289

Saint-Nazaire

AA27289

09/25/2009
5586 x 1972 px
4 Mo
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AA27292 Piriac
Piriac Philip Plisson AA27292

Piriac

AA27292

09/25/2009
5615 x 1982 px
4 Mo
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AA27325 La Turballe
La Turballe Philip Plisson AA27325

La Turballe

AA27325

01/01/1900
5616 x 3744 px
6 Mo
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AA09028 First sea trial for the Queen Mary 2.
First sea trial for the Queen Mary 2. Philip Plisson AA09028

First sea trial for the Queen Mary 2.

AA09028

01/01/1900
4064 x 2704 px
2 Mo
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