Global Inspirations: Irène Nam

Reporting from:  Normandy, France

Local Contact: Irène Nam










Tell us about the work you did in Normandy, France with Secours Populaire Français.

Each summer, French non-profit organization Secours Populaire Français provides trips and activities for children who might otherwise never have the opportunity to go on holiday. Last year, 5000 children from age 6 to 12 got to spend a day on the large beach of Cabourg, swimming in the ocean (often for the first time) and playing under the glorious Normandy sun. I was asked to take photographs and document that day.










What did you see (and photograph) there that inspired you artistically, creatively or otherwise?

True, unbridled joy. Lots of giggling. Cute, innocent displays of exuberance. The dedication of hundreds of volunteers. Bright colors. The ocean. Children have always inspired me, both artistically and creatively. They’re playful, fully present and engaged, and I always feel incredibly blessed to be given the opportunity to capture a moment in their lives. That day was a very special one for many of them.  And I was truly honored to be a part of it.










What can our readers do to support the work you are doing with Secours Populaire Français?

Consider supporting the organization (if you live in France) or any organization that resonates with your spirit. I am a firm believer of “give what you can and share what you have”. That it doesn’t matter how remarkable or grand your contribution is. That one small act can save a life. As a photographer I’ve never felt more inspired nor had more conviction about what I was doing than when I was in the field, doing my best to serve and empower those in front of the lens.

Irène Nam is a photographer based in Paris, France. Her images have appeared in various print and online publications including Kirtsy Takes a Bow: A Celebration of Women’s Favorites Online (Bright Sky Press), Artful Blogging (Stampington & Company), UPPERCASE and Small Magazine, and on exhibit at the Fotofest Gallery in Houston and the Impossible Project Space in New York City. She is also a co- author of  Expressive Photography: The Shutter Sisters Guide to Shooting from the Heart (published by Focal press). A social change enthusiast, Irène works with non-profit organizations and visionary individuals to help improve the quality of life, education and the future of children around the world.

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Christine Mason Miller is a writer and mixed-media artist who loves to travel, wander and explore, whether on her own or vicariously through others. Her latest book – Desire to Inspire: Using Creative Passion to Transform the World – is now available. Visit her at


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