Portrait of artist Ultra Violet
Portrait of artist Ultra Violet
Girl wearng yellow walks past street art in Cours Julien district, Marseille
Girl wearng yellow walks past street art in Cours Julien district, Marseille
Waiters on their lunchbreak at Bouchon restaurant, Monaco
Waiters on their lunchbreak at Bouchon restaurant, Monaco
Couple looks at the view of Paris and the Eiffel Tower from Montmartre, Paris, France
Couple looks at the view of Paris and the Eiffel Tower from Montmartre, Paris, France
Flock of sheep being brought down to a barn at dusk in the South of France
Flock of sheep being brought down to a barn at dusk in the South of France
Maude practising Kalaripayattu on the beach in Marseille
Maude practising Kalaripayattu on the beach in Marseille
Portrait of French policeman Bernaud in uniform holding a chalkboard where he has written 'I Love Jazz', French national flag in the background
Portrait of French policeman Bernaud in uniform holding a chalkboard where he has written 'I Love Jazz', French national flag in the background
Diptych portrait of Aurore Asso, freediver, photographed by the sea just after a dive off Villefranche-sur-Mer in the South of France
Diptych portrait of Aurore Asso, freediver, photographed by the sea just after a dive off Villefranche-sur-Mer in the South of France
Diptych portrait of Driss, North African economic migrant, with the contents of his bag, photographed in a street in the Italian-French border town of Ventimiglia
Diptych portrait of Driss, North African economic migrant, with the contents of his bag, photographed in a street in the Italian-French border town of Ventimiglia

countdown to Cannes

Summer is just around the corner in the South of France and the Cannes Film Festival is but weeks away. As a freelance photographer, Cannes generally offers me some interesting commissions. Editorial portraits and corporate event shoots during the festival open doors to places and people that I would be unlikely to stumble across otherwise, although conditions are sometimes challenging. From dealing with a stroppy Palme d’Or winner to battling seasickness in a powerboat, I’ve found Cannes to be anything but dull. Continue reading…

Photography of man stepping off a powerboat onto a jetty in Cannes harbour

the ‘back country': a world away from nice

The Côte d’Azur draws thousands of tourists every year to its famous seaside resort towns of Nice, St Tropez or Cannes. However, just a short drive inland, a much emptier South of France awaits. Last summer, the mayor of Gilette, a small hilltop village 30 km from Nice, commissioned me as photographer to make a reportage of the area. It was a quiet, peaceful assignment, despite some waves of vertigo and a face full of mud. Continue reading…

Panoramic photograph of the village of Gilette

A Date with ‘The Hexecutioner’ in Monaco

Known to the public as ‘the Hexecutioner’, Hekkie Budler is a professional boxer and world champion in his minimumweight class. I went to Monaco to photograph this tiny champ when he came to the South of France to train for a major boxing tournament in Monte Carlo. Photographers be warned: in the world of boxing, showers of sweat and blood are an occupational hazard. Continue reading…

Rear view of the tattoos on the back of boxer Hekkie Budler in the ring