From Brest to Loctudy - Photo Plisson

From Brest to Loctudy

« 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 Brest to Loctudy

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AA02179 Porz-Poulhan.
Porz-Poulhan. Philip Plisson AA02179

Porz-Poulhan.

AA02179

01/01/1900
7106 x 2362 px
3 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA23921 Le Guilvinec harbour
Le Guilvinec harbour Philip Plisson AA23921

Le Guilvinec harbour

AA23921

03/30/2010
5429 x 3620 px
4 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA23939 Millier point
Millier point Philip Plisson AA23939

Millier point

AA23939

03/30/2010
4863 x 2431 px
3 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA23950 Sizun Cap
Sizun Cap Philip Plisson AA23950

Sizun Cap

AA23950

03/30/2010
5558 x 2953 px
2 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA23957 Pointe du Raz
Pointe du Raz Philip Plisson AA23957

Pointe du Raz

AA23957

03/30/2010
5906 x 2952 px
6 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA24580 The Torche cape
The Torche cape Philip Plisson AA24580

The Torche cape

AA24580

03/30/2010
5212 x 2606 px
6 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA24680 L'anse de Kervijen in Plomodiern
L'anse de Kervijen in Plomodiern Philip Plisson AA24680

L'anse de Kervijen in Plomodiern

AA24680

08/25/2009
5613 x 2982 px
7 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA24717 Port Launay on Aulne river.
Port Launay on Aulne river. Philip Plisson AA24717

Port Launay on Aulne river.

AA24717

08/23/2009
5506 x 1946 px
5 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA24821 Ecole Navale in Brest.
Ecole Navale in Brest. Philip Plisson AA24821

Ecole Navale in Brest.

AA24821

08/23/2009
5609 x 2982 px
6 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA24826 Brest.
Brest. Philip Plisson AA24826

Brest.

AA24826

08/23/2009
5617 x 2984 px
6 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA24974 Douarnenez
Douarnenez Philip Plisson AA24974

Douarnenez

AA24974

08/25/2009
5605 x 2978 px
6 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA25030 The Recouvrance to the island Tristan.
The Recouvrance to the island Tristan. Philip Plisson AA25030

The Recouvrance to the island Tristan.

AA25030

08/25/2009
5605 x 2978 px
5 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA25091 Ascending Elorn river.
Ascending Elorn river. Philip Plisson AA25091

Ascending Elorn river.

AA25091

08/24/2009
5616 x 2984 px
3 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA25094 Ascending Elorn river.
Ascending Elorn river. Philip Plisson AA25094

Ascending Elorn river.

AA25094

08/24/2009
5609 x 1981 px
3 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA25098 Ascending Elorn river.
Ascending Elorn river. Philip Plisson AA25098

Ascending Elorn river.

AA25098

08/24/2009
5616 x 3744 px
11 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA25126 The Petit Minou lighthouse at the entrance to the Rade de Brest.
The Petit Minou lighthouse at the entrance to the Rade de Brest. Philip Plisson AA25126

The Petit Minou lighthouse at the entrance to the Rade de Brest.

AA25126

08/23/2009
5616 x 1984 px
4 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA25132 Fort Bertheaume in Plougonvelin.
Fort Bertheaume in Plougonvelin. Philip Plisson AA25132

Fort Bertheaume in Plougonvelin.

AA25132

08/23/2009
5504 x 1946 px
3 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA25151 The beach of Sainte-Anne on Plougonvelin.
The beach of Sainte-Anne on Plougonvelin. Philip Plisson AA25151

The beach of Sainte-Anne on Plougonvelin.

AA25151

08/23/2009
5616 x 3744 px
11 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA25196 Lanévry bay of Douarnenez.
Lanévry bay of Douarnenez. Philip Plisson AA25196

Lanévry bay of Douarnenez.

AA25196

08/25/2009
5609 x 2980 px
3 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA25383 Island of Sein
Island of Sein Philip Plisson AA25383

Island of Sein

AA25383

11/29/2010
5573 x 2786 px
5 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA25573 Mooring in Morgat.
Mooring in Morgat. Philip Plisson AA25573

Mooring in Morgat.

AA25573

08/25/2009
5605 x 2978 px
5 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA25583 Between Morgat and Cap de la Chevre.
Between Morgat and Cap de la Chevre. Philip Plisson AA25583

Between Morgat and Cap de la Chevre.

AA25583

08/25/2009
5616 x 3744 px
12 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA25697 Beach Pentrez.
Beach Pentrez. Philip Plisson AA25697

Beach Pentrez.

AA25697

08/25/2009
5594 x 2975 px
5 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA25869 Toulinguet point
Toulinguet point Philip Plisson AA25869

Toulinguet point

AA25869

08/25/2009
5605 x 2978 px
7 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA25894 Pen-Hir point
Pen-Hir point Philip Plisson AA25894

Pen-Hir point

AA25894

01/01/1900
5617 x 1984 px
4 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA25999 Landévenec
Landévenec Philip Plisson AA25999

Landévenec

AA25999

08/23/2009
5609 x 2981 px
5 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA26006 Penmarc'h point lighthouse
Penmarc'h point lighthouse Philip Plisson AA26006

Penmarc'h point lighthouse

AA26006

08/28/2009
5605 x 2978 px
5 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA26089 Arun island between Faou river and Aulne river.
Arun island between Faou river and Aulne river. Philip Plisson AA26089

Arun island between Faou river and Aulne river.

AA26089

08/23/2009
5554 x 1961 px
4 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA26103 Nearly Telgruc-sur-mer
Nearly Telgruc-sur-mer Philip Plisson AA26103

Nearly Telgruc-sur-mer

AA26103

08/25/2009
5609 x 2980 px
7 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA12713 Bass fishing in the Raz de Sein.
Bass fishing in the Raz de Sein. Philip Plisson AA12713

Bass fishing in the Raz de Sein.

AA12713

01/01/1900
5043 x 3163 px
3 Mo
RGB Truecolor