I Love…

Police officer in riot gear poses for a photograph in front of the French flag holding a gun and a chalkboard with I Love Red Wine written there in French

“I love…” How would you complete that sentence?

The only rules in this case are that it cannot be 1) someone you know or 2) something that someone else has already put. I tackled members of France’s defence services with this question for a portrait series shot on site at the 6th Salon des Métiers de la Défense et de la Sécurité, in Juan-les-Pins, near Cannes. One by one, French policemen and women, firemen, soldiers and even one of Monaco’s Royal Guards, struggled gamely to put chalk to slate in a quiet corner of the showground.

Several unwittingly followed in Mohamed’s footsteps with “J’aime la liberté“, before I reminded them of Rule 2. A suprising echo of the French state’s cry of ‘Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité‘ for a personal declaration?

Thanks to everyone for applying themselves. And a special thank you to members of the Police Nationale’s forensics team. Their patience was infinite as my subjects and I stepped repeatedly in and out of their cordoned-off demonstration scène de crime in order to get to my makeshift ‘portrait corner’.

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