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portrait of a silver fox in Monaco

Senior figures from all over the world have business reasons (and perhaps pleasure too) to visit the French Riviera, in particular Monaco and festivals in Cannes. One of the interesting aspects about being an editorial photographer in the South of France is meeting some of the noteworthy characters that pop in and out. A few weeks ago, I was asked to take a portrait of a businessman in a hotel room. But not just any businessman, and not just any hotel. Continue reading…

Portrait of Jim Clifton, seated in a wood-pannelled room

Olympic Gold in St. Moritz

If a photographer shoots in Monaco one week and St. Moritz the next, one would be forgiven for assuming that they are there to photograph the glittering Lamborghini set (if not jet set). However, although the subjects of my recent St. Moritz portrait assignment are well-known in their sphere, champion triathletes Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee are unassuming, down-to-earth Yorkshiremen. Continue reading…

Cover page of 220 Triathlon Magazine showing Jonathan and Alistair Brownlee running by a lake

Ovarian Cancer

Life as a South of France photographer is varied, mostly interesting and, now that the long wet winter seems to be finally behind us, it also has distinct warmth and sunshine benefits. But I travel regularly elsewhere in Europe for rather different kinds of assignments, and I appreciate these opportunities; not least when they take me back to my (definitely more rainy) homeland.

A few weeks ago, I headed from Nice to London on commission for a UK-based ovarian cancer charity. Making portraits of women in remission from this little-known cancer for a new awareness campaign was a sensitive and intense experience. Continue reading…

Freedivers

I’m not an underwater photographer, or even a keen swimmer. However, the 1980s film ‘The Big Blue’ made a lasting impression on me, and when I heard that the South of France would be taking its turn to host the world freediving team championships, I didn’t hesitate.

In Nice and Villefranche-sur-Mer, where the dives were taking place, I photographed and interviewed the athletes. The result is a portrait series of today’s leading freedivers. And an eye-opening insight into a very different blue, quiet world beneath. Continue reading…

Portrait of Ashley Futral Chapman, American national champion freediver

Corsetmaker in Paris

Last month I left the South of France and headed up to Paris. The New York Times wanted a photographer to make portraits of a selected few craftsmen who are ‘Meilleurs Ouvriers de France’ [Best Craftsmen of France].

Fresh from Provence, I donned an extra jumper and set off to visit a number of addresses across the city, where elite craftsmen practise their trades. One of these was François Tamarin, a corsetmaker in Montmartre. By the time I left, my jumper felt desperately drab. Continue reading…

Portrait of corset-maker Francois Tamarin

A Tale of Two Covers

As a photographer based in the South of France, I’m not suprised when international clients mention blue skies in their briefing for a portrait commission. Two recent cover shoot assignments for magazines in Sweden and the UK (where Provence-style guaranteed sunshine is often longed-for) were no exception.

Both subjects were men at the top of their game, to be photographed on location in Cannes and Monaco. But achieving classic Cote d’Azur blue skies and bright colours is not as straightforward as it might seem. Continue reading…