Like many photographers, my passion for the medium developed through personal travel photography; in my case documenting the incredible landscapes I beheld during my first backpacking experiences in Latin American. My photography then advanced steadily through my time spent living in a variety of countries, gradually incorporating people photography; this began with street photography but soon moved on to spontaneous portraiture (portraits of strangers), which greatly motivated me to turn a serious hobby into a profession.
All of my travel documentary photographs are available for purchase. For details, simply contact me by email.
PORTRAITS OF STRANGERS
A simple concept: convince a perfect stranger to let you take their portrait. Then and there.
Simple in theory and often in practice, but always dependent on the person and the moment. This is simply a great exercise for any photographer, professional or amateur: firstly, it necessitates effective communication (sometimes without the aide of a common language...) and with that the essential ability to convey your credibility; secondly, it tests your capacity for quick-decision-making with regards to composition and lighting. I've often used unassisted off-camera lighting (a soft box or an umbrella on a light stand), which, although complicating the process, is always worth the result :)
Giving my card out to each unplanned model, I’ve been able to send every stranger their photograph. This gives them a free portrait and me the opportunity to make connections with such an incredibly diverse mix of individuals.
I get as much pleasure out of candid personal photography as I do out of impromptu portraiture. Street photography adds the great challenge of discretion - some people simply do not wish to be photographed, especially by someone who is essentially a tourist. For subjects that become aware of your presence, the same skills apply as for when photographing strangers: conveying your respect, credibility, and good intentions.
LANDSCAPES & NATURAL SUBJECTS
As a keen hiker, when I first got into photography, all I wanted to capture was landscapes. Though undeniably better with a full-format camera on a sturdy tripod (as I did religiously during my first years of landscape photography), provided you're not looking to make large prints etc, you can certainly get some worthy compositional shots out of a good compact camera.
ARCHITECTURE & URBAN SUBJECTS
Capturing cityscapes, particularly at night, got me into HDR photography. Whilst I've never been a fan of heavily-edited images, a good knowledge of this technique has proven indispensable, in modest amounts, in professional contexts (such as for my interior photography assignments).
Though animal photography has never the primary focus of any trip, whenever the opportunity presents itself, I take great pleasure in photographing all creature great and small :)
PERSONAL PHOTOGRAPHY BLOG
My personal & travel photography, by country, region or city (depending on the amount of documentation in each). Since turning professional, for personal excursions and short trips (such as those in my home country, France) I'm more inclined to take a compact camera with me, saving my professional full-format equipment for portrait-specific personal projects, extended travel and more exotic locations.