Jocelyn de Lagasnerie is a photographer who works with drones to take the most fantastic photos of Le Périgord. A collection of his photos has been published in his latest book Le Périgord vu du ciel which is definitely on my Christmas list. Here he talks about his work and his passion for our beautiful department.

How did you get into photography and working with drones?

Passionate about aviation, living with the technologies of my time, and having taken a lot of aerial photos in a helicopter, I took my drone pilot’s license which I see as a real extension of my work. This fantastic tool allows me to reveal our wonderful heritage, the way it blends into the landscape, to highlight town planning, and of course nature… but apart from its technical performances, the drone allows me above all to make a dream come true childhood, that of contemplating the earth seen from the sky. And combined with my passion for photography, this is what motivates my way of capturing the “decisive moment” dear to Henri Cartier-Bresson, I like to capture the light, find the angle and the frame that will arouse the emotion and will take you on a journey. It is therefore an invitation to escape that Déclic & Décolle wishes to trigger, my goal is to offer exclusive images.

Château de Beynac

Can you briefly explain how working with a drone works?

When working in urban areas, I have to inform the préfecture. Air legislation requires many rules to be respected. Then it is necessary to carefully assess the risks, height of trees, electrical wires, public and roads open to traffic over which flying is absolutely prohibited. The shots are often taken at different heights, the trickiest part being finding the most illustrative angles.

Cathédrale Saint-Front, Périgueux

Why Périgord as the subject of a book?

Périgord because it is where I was born and so where I decided to launch my activity as a photographer. When the publisher contacted me, I already had hundreds of images to offer him.

How long does it take to get the perfect photo/video?

It all depends on the complexity and size of the site to be featured. Certain angles are sometimes impossible due to constructions or very close vegetation, this limits the angle possibilities. You can sometimes spend more than an hour in flight to capture the most unique view.

Jardins de Marqueyssac

Can you explain a little about the texts and the author?

The editor asked Anne-Marie Cocula, a famous historian, to write the historical texts in order to have a common thread in the presentation and order of the photos. I also wanted simple and accessible texts all the while presenting key information such 11% of French castles are in the Dordogne or that the village of Vergt is a bastide.

Le Périgord vu du ciel

Do you have a favourite photo of Périgord?

I really like a photo taken from a bird’s eye view of Biron (village and castle) with the church in the foreground. This is typically the kind of view which, while being unique, offers proximity and a complete view of the site.

Photos shown are credited to Déclic & Décolle Photo and are part of a large collection featured in Jocelyn’s  book.

Château de Biron

Jocelyn de Lagasnerie