LaVallée, The Ceremony

This was a very special trip for me. I had a special christening ceremony to attend on Sunday morning in Boursiquot, an area far down in the valley below our house in Ridoré—I was asked to be the godmother of Lilly, the daughter of Marie Carmel and Jeannot, a young couple we have known for a very long time. I photographed their wedding, the birth of their son and now I have the honor of being godmother to their baby daughter.

I have to admit the hike down and back was so treacherous that I couldn’t even make a photograph. But I invited Nick Pechon a photographer, along to cover the ceremony and he lagged behind to make these images of our hike down.

The people who live in this part of the valley hike this path daily, sometimes several times in a day carrying water and food. And it was embarrassing when the grandmother walked by barefoot carrying a chair on her head! While we stumbled and fell all over ourselves—we laugh about it now but it was not funny when we were sweating and falling down.

I can honestly say without hesitating there is never a dull moment in LaVallée.

Half-way down looking up

Half-way down looking back up

Me and Lilly

Me and Lilly, my godchild

No flat ground in sight

No flat ground in sight

It's steep but beautiful

It’s steep but beautiful

We take turns hanging on to the guys

We take turns hanging on

Barefoot grandma

Barefoot grandma

She walks the steep path with ease—barefoot!

She walks the rocky steep path with ease—barefoot and a chair on her head!

About Jeane La Rance

My brother gave me my first camera when I was nine or ten years of age, he bought it in Europe. I don't remember much about the camera itself it was the pictures I couldn't get enough of, and that still holds true. My life is all about photography. In the beginning it was black and white film. I loved being in the darkroom nothing could compare to it and even though I swore I'd never go digital, I rarely shoot film anymore. I went to the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, NM for my Bachelors Degree. There I studied Documentary Photography, Cinematography and Post Production Editing. Later I attended Savannah College of Art and Design for a Masters Degree in the same fields of study, Photography and Moving Images.
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