Photo by @williamalbertallard In September and October of 1967, I was in the Pyrenees mountains photographing the French and Spanish Basque country. It was my ...

Photo by @williamalbertallard 
In September and October of 1967, I was in the Pyrenees mountains photographing the French and Spanish Basque country. It was my first freelance assignment for National Geographic magazine after having just resigned a staff position I’d held for not quite three years. I received the assignment purely by chance, getting it after another photographer had made a brief start and then turned it down. I was sent as his replacement. I was to turn thirty-years-old at the end of that September and did so one evening in St. Jean-Pied-de-Port, drinking the Basque liquor Izzara and rereading Hemingway’s For Whom The Bell Tolls. 
One early evening on my wanderings the sun had descended but clouds were reflecting light that fell softly on a narrow, gently curving road leading to the French village of Behorleguy. I was standing by the edge of the road. I heard a woman’s voice calling from the village below, a white church steeple rising from its midst.  Within seconds I heard the barely audible sound of someone approaching from behind and as I turned I saw two little girls running toward the village, one was in a yellow dress, and as they passed their feet made a soft pitter-patter. I raised my Leica and tried to frame them, making two quick exposures. It was one of those rare times when I felt that nudge within me, thinking that if I didn’t miss it this could be something special. Months later when I returned home and viewed my film at the Geographic’s office I saw the two frames. One was an absolute failure, a blur, a throw away frame although I wish now that I’d kept it. The other was what has become one of my favorite pictures, although not my most favorite there is no such single frame. The light is soft and the color as if drawn from a box of pastels. And the children are not running nor skipping, they are floating, as if in a state of grace and innocence. I will never tire of looking at this picture. It fulfills me in a way not many do. 
#followme @williamalbertallard for more images from the Basque Country and other assignments spanning five decades. 
#basque #basquecountry #pyrenees #childhood #children #home #pastel #mountain

Photo by @williamalbertallard  In September and October of 1967, I was in the Pyrenees mountains photographing the French and Spanish Basque country. It was my first freelance assignment for National Geographic magazine after having just resigned a staff position I’d held for not quite three years. I received the assignment purely by chance, getting it after another photographer had made a brief start and then turned it down. I was sent as his replacement. I was to turn thirty-years-old at the end of that September and did so one evening in St. Jean-Pied-de-Port, drinking the Basque liquor Izzara and rereading Hemingway’s For Whom The Bell Tolls. One early evening on my wanderings the sun had descended but clouds were reflecting light that fell softly on a narrow, gently curving road leading to the French village of Behorleguy. I was standing by the edge of the road. I heard a woman’s voice calling from the village below, a white church steeple rising from its midst. Within seconds I heard the barely audible sound of someone approaching from behind and as I turned I saw two little girls running toward the village, one was in a yellow dress, and as they passed their feet made a soft pitter-patter. I raised my Leica and tried to frame them, making two quick exposures. It was one of those rare times when I felt that nudge within me, thinking that if I didn’t miss it this could be something special. Months later when I returned home and viewed my film at the Geographic’s office I saw the two frames. One was an absolute failure, a blur, a throw away frame although I wish now that I’d kept it. The other was what has become one of my favorite pictures, although not my most favorite there is no such single frame. The light is soft and the color as if drawn from a box of pastels. And the children are not running nor skipping, they are floating, as if in a state of grace and innocence. I will never tire of looking at this picture. It fulfills me in a way not many do. #followme  @williamalbertallard  for more images from the Basque Country and other assignments spanning five decades. #basque  #basquecountry  #pyrenees  #childhood  #children  #home  #pastel  #mountain 

3,354 Comments

14 hours ago sudipta__nath

Beautiful ❤

14 hours ago jo_joined

I can see why you will never tirer of this photo, it appears me to have the scents that I am sitting therr watching these children descended down the mountain.

14 hours ago cotesol

Cada día te superas está sensacional

14 hours ago trips4photos

Classic pic

14 hours ago a.kostyuk

happiness!

14 hours ago serafimasemenova4458

👍

13 hours ago maiteb.b

@fredegiiiroux  ouiiiiii

13 hours ago fazelmuhammad

Good

13 hours ago bebas.world

lovely ❤

12 hours ago celesteandtherest

@christinaines  read it

12 hours ago everylittleliyi

so good💙💙

11 hours ago sylviashipp

I love looking at this photo. Very moving and true, as if it penetrates the very essence of life.

11 hours ago manaar__mahmoud

🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹

11 hours ago bruna_morris

Amazing picture!! 😀

11 hours ago sach_photos

Nice

10 hours ago n_jhm

@gesa_breuhaus 

10 hours ago rosario_ts

I felt if i was reading a good book, special picture and feelings

10 hours ago jplee81

My dads side of the family is from there. Beautiful plce

8 hours ago shellbell7163

I’d love to walk on this road. Beautiful countryside

8 hours ago 811ad

❤️🍀❤️🍀Beautiful

7 hours ago cdebriere

What an amazing story! Thank you for sharing.

7 hours ago alexandrauzik

Wow, I love this photo!👌

7 hours ago rachnaudyavar

It is beautiful in a serene way :)

7 hours ago myrtlehillfarm

:)))

6 hours ago addelagonzalez

The Bsque Country is my land...it is great, beautiful, before and now. Great photo!

5 hours ago malufleo

Beautifull! Pure poetry! It' s like a painting

5 hours ago marsha.0405

Wow.

5 hours ago haticeyigit0

Beni buraya atın burda unutun❤

4 hours ago farhad.hmp

❤👍😍

4 hours ago josetribiltxo

basque country is fantastic. Besutiful picture. thanks

3 hours ago steamarilena

Hermosa fotografía, el paisaje es bellísimo y los niños flotando son la cereza del pastel 😍😍😍

3 hours ago chrissyd37

Lovely!

2 hours ago patriciacoon

Yes, this photo is indeed beautiful and magical! Truly mesmerizing. Thank you so much for sharing it. I would love a print for my wall! Is that possible, @williamalbertallard  ?

an hour ago trppnbillies

wow. i though this WAS a pastel painting. amazing shot, guy.

an hour ago paulamarianephoto

Wonderful!

35 minutes ago sergiiocastro

Lovely story

12 minutes ago b_illustrious

So lovely!!!

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