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Anne Sophie Costenoble

Piemanson

Arles - 2009

At first glance, the last wild beach of France looks like a heap of caravans with a crowd of holiday-makers that seem crushed by the sun. Installation is done so and so, you meet your new neighbors... and Piémanson becomes other.
In fact, that popular and relaxed beach has nothing wild about it. It's a remnant space of freedom and cultural mix. Camping is ephemeral, cohabitation is respectful, the pleasures are simple, the codes are subtle. Everyone seems to have its place, nature too.
For years, the closing of the beach has been announced. Every summer, the simple fact of being able to go back gives to Piémanson a peculiar taste.