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James Jaulin one of the Artists of Le Thor

Discover another Le Thor artist:

James Jaulin spent decades as an antiquaire (a dealer in antiquities) traveling the world in search of rare and beautiful treasures.  He now travels the world as a photographer, capturing the beauty of life through his lens.

So what does he consider himself to be first and foremost, a photographer or an antiquaire?

“I am a voyager,” says Jaulin, “and I have been all my life.”


James Jaulin Photos Boats Vietnam

His voyaging began early, as his father was in the French military.  Part of Jaulin’s childhood was spent in France, part in Vietnam, and part in Algeria.  He found beauty and wonder everywhere.


James Jaulin desert landscape

Jaulin’s first camera was an old Brownie and he used it to take pictures of the Algerian desert and the people in it.   While he enjoyed landscape photography, it was people who most fascinated him – people working, talking, sharing intimate moments together.  He tries to express that fascination in his photos.


James Jaulin women at wall

Jaulin continued photography during his career as an antiquaire, with regular travel to Asia and North Africa.  As a dealer, he had a rare ability to find antiquities that were not only beautiful to behold but which conveyed an emotion as well.  He would choose objects based on “what I see and what I feel.” He brings that same sensitive approach to his photography.


James Jaulin facepaint

Since he retired a few years ago, Jaulin has continued his travels, camera in hand.  As he did when he was a child, he focuses on people – their daily lives and habits.  Having visited dozens of countries and lived in several, he appreciates the differences between people.  He tries to convey these differences in his photographs, while at the same time expressing the common humanity that we all share.


Jaulin Jaulin Ethiopia shepherds

Jaulin considers himself as a reporter, looking for a story that he would like to share with the world.  As he has mastered his craft, he has tried to make his photos more and more “authentic”, reflecting the lives of his subjects in a way that allows us to understand their story.  The results transport us to new lands and they help us enter, even briefly, into the lives of others.

Jaulin’s next photography expedition will take him to Ethiopia, where he will retrace the footsteps of the famous French poet Rimbaud (you can read about Rimbaud’s travels here).

Jaulin’s next exhibition will be in Pernes-les-Fontaines on June 24-25, 2017.  He can be contacted directly at

James Jaulin in Morocco:

Jaulin Jaulin Photographer portrait


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Keith Van Sickle

Keith and Val Van Sickle made their first trip to Provence decades ago, and it was love at first sight. After that, they came back every year until 2008, when they began a part-time life there, splitting their time between Provence and California.

Over the years, they’ve travelled all over Provence, seeing sights both well-known and obscure. Their French friends have introduced them to favourite restaurants and wineries and picnic spots and taught them funny local expressions (not all for polite company).

Keith now shares this local knowledge in his new book, An Insider’s Guide to Provence. Packed with the Van Sickles’ favourite things to see and do, it’s a must-have for anyone travelling to this glorious corner of France.

Keith previously published two books about the couple's experiences in Provence. One Sip at a Time: Learning to Live in Provence, and Are We French Yet?, both are available from Amazon.

You can see all of Keith’s blog posts at Life in Provence.


  1. June 26, 2017 at 6:00 pm — Reply

    James’ photos are so powerful and evoke strong emotions. I wish him a successful exhibition in Pernes-les-Fontaines. Annette

    • June 29, 2017 at 11:49 am — Reply

      So do we it should be a terrific expo. Thanks for following Perfectly Provence and Keith Van Sickle’s articles.

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