FRA - SAINT QUENTIN - URBAN BEACH

Enjoying the seaside dream even in city, is now possible in France. Since about a decade, the concept of urban beaches is developing. There, senses and borders become blurred. Welcome in this surrealistic places, where city congestion contrast with marine landscape and give you the feeling that you have a photomontage right in front of the eyes.

Paris Plage is the most famous urban beach but in fact, more than fifty places like that exist in France. And every year, new ones are created. There, people find all the beach symbols : palm trees, sand, beach hut, water. Only one element miss : the sea.

How urban beaches model the city and fit the urban landscape ? How this places are distorted, lived by the beach attendant ? How people imagine, act, live this balnear wish far from the coast ? This pictures try to show this different aspects.

For this work, i used and old camera. With its rendering and soft colors, it develops all the beauty and the poesy of this places, where Emmanuelle Lallemand, french ethnologist said, « people are collectively invited to play to a spin, wich consists to play to the beach without the sea ».

FRA - LA COURNEUVE - URBAN BEACH

La Courneuve Plage, plage urbaine a La Courneuve.

FRA - LILLE - URBAN BEACH

Lille Plage, plage urbaine a Lille, boulevard de Strasbourg.

FRA - LILLE - URBAN BEACH

Plage urbaine a Lille, boulevard de Strasbourg.

FRA - SAINT QUENTIN - URBAN BEACH

Plage urbaine a Saint Quentin (Aisne), place de l'hotel de ville. C est la plus ancienne plage urbaine de France, elle a ete creee en 1996 et a inspire Paris Plage.

FRA - LA COURNEUVE - URBAN BEACH

La Courneuve Plage, plage urbaine a La Courneuve.

FRA - ROUEN - URBAN BEACH

Rouen sur mer, plage urbaine a Rouen, quais de Seine.

FRA - CLICHY LA GARENNE - URBAN BEACH

Clichy plage, plage urbaine a Clichy la Garrenne, boulevard Jean Jaures.

FRA - LA COURNEUVE - URBAN BEACH

Garges Plage, plage urbaine a Garges les Gonesse, au fort de Stains.

FRA - LA COURNEUVE - URBAN BEACH

La Courneuve Plage, plage urbaine a La Courneuve.

FRA - LILLE - URBAN BEACH

Plage urbaine a Lille, boulevard de Strasbourg.

FRA - BAGNOLET - URBAN BEACH

Bajo plage, plage urbaine a Bagnolet, parc de la Briqueterie.

FRA - ROUEN - URBAN BEACH

Rouen sur mer, plage urbaine a Rouen, quais de Seine.

FRA - ROSNY SOUS BOIS - URBAN BEACH

Rosny plage, plage urbaine a Rosny sous bois.

FRA - LA COURNEUVE - URBAN BEACH

La Courneuve Plage, plage urbaine a La Courneuve.

FRA - LILLE - URBAN BEACH

Plage urbaine a Lille, boulevard de Strasbourg.

FRA - LA COURNEUVE - URBAN BEACH

Garges Plage, plage urbaine a Garges les Gonesse, au fort de Stains.

FRA - LA COURNEUVE - URBAN BEACH

Garges Plage, plage urbaine a Garges les Gonesse, au fort de Stains.

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Rouen sur mer, plage urbaine a Rouen, quais de Seine.

FRA - LILLE - URBAN BEACH

Plage urbaine a Lille, boulevard de Strasbourg.

FRA - LA COURNEUVE - URBAN BEACH

Garges Plage, plage urbaine a Garges les Gonesse, au fort de Stains.

FRA - LILLE - URBAN BEACH

Plage urbaine a Lille, boulevard de Strasbourg.

FRA - JANVRY - URBAN BEACH

Dans l'Essonne, Janvry et ses 638 habitants ont eux aussi leur plage urbaine. C'est la plus petite plage urbaine française.

FRA - ROUEN - URBAN BEACH

Rouen sur mer, plage urbaine a Rouen, quais de Seine.

FRA - ROSNY SOUS BOIS - URBAN BEACH

Rosny plage, plage urbaine a Rosny sous bois.