Ouessant Island and Molène Archipelago - Photo Plisson

Ouessant Island and Molène Archipelago

Inventory

« 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 an unprecedented initiative: the Grenelle de la Mer, which initiate a debate and a wide consultation for a sea and coast policy. The Blue Book of the “Grenelle de la Mer” published in July 2009, includes 137 proposals and more than 500 commitments taking into account the land & sea interface, and the development in other Marine Protected Areas (AMP). 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...

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, 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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AA23632 Quéménès island
Quéménès island Philip Plisson AA23632

Quéménès island

AA23632

08/22/2009
5598 x 1975 px
2 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA23640 Béniguet island
Béniguet island Philip Plisson AA23640

Béniguet island

AA23640

08/22/2009
5609 x 1981 px
3 Mo
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AA23646 Moléne island
Moléne island Philip Plisson AA23646

Moléne island

AA23646

08/22/2009
5422 x 3614 px
4 Mo
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AA23657 Moléne island
Moléne island Philip Plisson AA23657

Moléne island

AA23657

08/22/2009
3650 x 5476 px
5 Mo
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AA23662 Moléne island
Moléne island Philip Plisson AA23662

Moléne island

AA23662

08/22/2009
5459 x 2901 px
3 Mo
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AA23670 Molène island
Molène island Philip Plisson AA23670

Molène island

AA23670

08/22/2009
5236 x 3490 px
6 Mo
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AA23669 Molène island
Molène island Philip Plisson AA23669

Molène island

AA23669

08/22/2009
5605 x 1981 px
3 Mo
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AA23674 Molène island
Molène island Philip Plisson AA23674

Molène island

AA23674

08/22/2009
5616 x 1982 px
3 Mo
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AA23681 Kéréon lighthouse
Kéréon lighthouse Philip Plisson AA23681

Kéréon lighthouse

AA23681

08/22/2009
5458 x 1929 px
1 Mo
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AA23679 Kéréon lighthouse
Kéréon lighthouse Philip Plisson AA23679

Kéréon lighthouse

AA23679

08/22/2009
5434 x 2887 px
2 Mo
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AA23680 Kéréon lighthouse
Kéréon lighthouse Philip Plisson AA23680

Kéréon lighthouse

AA23680

08/22/2009
5613 x 1985 px
2 Mo
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AA24291 Bac'haol cape in Ouessant
Bac'haol cape in Ouessant Philip Plisson AA24291

Bac'haol cape in Ouessant

AA24291

08/05/2009
5506 x 2926 px
5 Mo
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AA24294 Bac'haol cape in Ouessant
Bac'haol cape in Ouessant Philip Plisson AA24294

Bac'haol cape in Ouessant

AA24294

08/05/2009
5609 x 2980 px
3 Mo
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AA24296 The Stiff lighthouse on Ouessant
The Stiff lighthouse on Ouessant Philip Plisson AA24296

The Stiff lighthouse on Ouessant

AA24296

08/05/2009
5617 x 2985 px
6 Mo
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AA24299 Navigation between the rocks of Ouessant island
Navigation between the rocks of Ouessant island Philip Plisson AA24299

Navigation between the rocks of Ouessant island

AA24299

08/05/2009
5621 x 1984 px
3 Mo
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AA24304 Small harbour on Ouessant
Small harbour on Ouessant Philip Plisson AA24304

Small harbour on Ouessant

AA24304

08/05/2009
5504 x 1945 px
4 Mo
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AA24308 Ouessant island
Ouessant island Philip Plisson AA24308

Ouessant island

AA24308

08/05/2009
5280 x 2808 px
5 Mo
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AA24320 Ouessant island
Ouessant island Philip Plisson AA24320

Ouessant island

AA24320

08/05/2009
5609 x 1981 px
3 Mo
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AA24321 Ouessant island
Ouessant island Philip Plisson AA24321

Ouessant island

AA24321

08/05/2009
5609 x 1980 px
3 Mo
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AA24326 Créac'h lighthouse on Ouessant
Créac'h lighthouse on Ouessant Philip Plisson AA24326

Créac'h lighthouse on Ouessant

AA24326

08/05/2009
5616 x 3744 px
6 Mo
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AA24333 Ouessant island
Ouessant island Philip Plisson AA24333

Ouessant island

AA24333

08/05/2009
5601 x 2977 px
4 Mo
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AA24335 Ouessant island
Ouessant island Philip Plisson AA24335

Ouessant island

AA24335

08/05/2009
5616 x 1853 px
5 Mo
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AA24334 Ouessant island
Ouessant island Philip Plisson AA24334

Ouessant island

AA24334

08/05/2009
5616 x 1853 px
4 Mo
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AA24339 Ouessant island
Ouessant island Philip Plisson AA24339

Ouessant island

AA24339

08/05/2009
5559 x 1835 px
3 Mo
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AA24341 Small scale on Ouessant
Small scale on Ouessant Philip Plisson AA24341

Small scale on Ouessant

AA24341

08/05/2009
5522 x 2761 px
6 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA24349 Lampaul harbour on Ouessant island
Lampaul harbour on Ouessant island Philip Plisson AA24349

Lampaul harbour on Ouessant island

AA24349

08/05/2009
4372 x 2325 px
2 Mo
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AA24347 Bac'Haol Cape on Ouessant island
Bac'Haol Cape on Ouessant island Philip Plisson AA24347

Bac'Haol Cape on Ouessant island

AA24347

08/05/2009
5552 x 1964 px
3 Mo
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AA25256 Pierres Noires lighthouse.
Pierres Noires lighthouse. Philip Plisson AA25256

Pierres Noires lighthouse.

AA25256

11/26/2009
4896 x 2754 px
2 Mo
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AA26219 L'Abeille Bourbon in front of Créac'h lighthouse in Ouessant island.
L'Abeille Bourbon in front of Créac'h lighthouse in Ouessant island. Philip Plisson AA26219

L'Abeille Bourbon in front of Créac'h lighthouse in Ouessant island.

AA26219

01/01/1900
8219 x 4016 px
7 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA27308 Pern Point in Ouessant island
Pern Point in Ouessant island Philip Plisson AA27308

Pern Point in Ouessant island

AA27308

01/01/1900
4064 x 2159 px
4 Mo
RGB Truecolor