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

Art in Nice: Ben, Blues and a Repurposed Abattoir

Art has long enriched the image of the South of France (photographers may be as inspired by the light and colours of Provence as painters) but does a contemporary art scene thrive here today? Or, with so many of its art museums devoted to past masters such as Renoir, Picasso and Matisse, does the French Riviera rest on its laurels? Stern recently came to write a travel feature on art in Nice. The artworks that I saw and people that I photographed during two days in Nice with the writer were all a far cry from the painters normally associated with Provence. Continue reading…

Photograph of an old TV in a garden with 'Faux' ['False'] painted on the screen

Floating Whisky Palace in Cannes

During the international duty-free trade fair that comes to Cannes every autumn, movers and shakers in the perfume, cigarette and hard liquor businesses get together to buy, to sell and to party. A leading Scottish whisky brewery commissioned me as a Cannes event photographer to capture a rather special evening aboard a superyacht. I was told that “being a photographer is like being a fine malt whisky distiller” and warmly welcomed into the world of fine whisky by a man whose nose is insured for €2.6 million. Continue reading…

Whisky cocktail, Cannes, France, 20 October 2015

keeping the ‘real’ in real estate photography

You’d be forgiven for thinking that a property on the market for €3.35 million in Monaco would be a pretty plush pad; a joy to work with, for a photographer. Monaco’s status as a fiscal paradise and its resultant real estate prices means you’d be wrong. The ‘dream home’ I was sent to photograph recently, right on the border between Monaco and much-cheaper-France, was underwhelming, to say the least. Making it look spacious and desirable, without resorting to photographers’ post production tricks, presented a real challenge. Continue reading…

Photograph of bathroom and bedroom with bath and glass partition separating the two spaces