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For centuries, the coastline of Northwest France has set the stage for medieval mystery stories, violent Viking invasions, Gauguin paintings, and allied D-Day landings. When I visited these beaches, it struck me that in spite of their well-known names, their collective culture, history, romance and nostalgia, the beaches of Normandy and Brittany remain an eerily quiet, vast world of their own. A natural, timeless world to disappear into, climbing down the ladder into one of its caves or cliffs. This is the kind of world I wanted to capture in my series called ‘tre ha lanv’ (tides in Breton).

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