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Page 16: I became a well-known photographer in the US.
At this time of my life, everything is going great. I am in my element.
And I can buy all the cameras I dreamed of.

"Professional Photographers of California", "International Free-lance Photographers Organisation",
"American Press Association", "Professional Photographers of America".

Richard Avedon : “A photographic portrait is a picture of someone who knows he is being photographed, and what he does with this knowledge is as much a part of the photograph as what he's wearing or how he looks.”

My photography is the love of my life.
Then the Nikon F3.

Here, Helen on a deserted island on a deserted beach, Little San Salvador in the Bahamas.

No I did not choose thoose teeth!

Of course I am French, why do you think I have this outrageous accent for ?
Famous quote from Monty Python.

Pierre Movila :
"A photograph is a heart stopping for a fraction of a second"

Me in 1983 in Cozumel, Mexico, photo by Allan Jones. Trombone loan by Rob Wakefiel. You have to blow the water out of the trombone before you can produce any sound, so it is tough, but it worked and really impressed the local fish.

I’m a photographer. I live in a crazy and fantastic world with unrealistic expectations. Thank you for your understanding.

Me, under the sea in 1983 in Cozumel, Mexico. Photo by Allan Jones. Trombone borrowed from Mr. Wakefiel. You had to blow really hard to get all the water out to make any sound at all. It does work but it is really hard. Well, at least the fish in the area were impressed.

Zabrisky Point, Death Valley, California. Death Valley became my personal photo studio, 2 hours from LA by car. There were totally beautiful spots without a soul in sight. It’s better to stay away in the summer though, as the heat becomes unbearable.

Arches National Park

1982, Missouri, USA . I was able to take this photo thanks to the light breeze making the flowers sway. I used different shutter speeds to get the slight blur in the foreground, and different apertures for the background blur. No Photoshop necessary.

Live Life Happy : Life is like a camera: just focus on what's important and capture the good times, develop from the negatives and if things don't turn out, just take another shot.


My painting touch-ups were brought under the limelight thanks to the magazine Canadian Photo Selection.

And also in the magazine Photography Gallery

And also in the magazine: "The British Journal of Photography."

I think one of the things that really separates us from the high primates is that we’re tool builders.
I read a study that measured the efficiency of locomotion for various species on the planet. The condor used the least energy to move a kilometer. And, humans came in with a rather unimpressive showing, about a third of the way down the list. It was not too proud a showing for the crown of creation. So, that didn’t look so good.
But then, somebody at Scientific American had the insight to test the efficiency of locomotion for a man on a bicycle. And, a man on a bicycle, a human on a bicycle, blew the condor away, completely off the top of the charts.

Steve Jobs

I get my Private Pilot Licence, FAA, in 1982, (validated in France in 1986) in Missouri, to access, among others, the fantastic Alaskan landscapes. Wilderness, here I come. With my camera, of course. I feel ready for "National Geographic".

With the wing above the cockpit, Cessnas are ideal for aerial photography. The 152 is the most popular single engine, two passenger planes in the world. Maximum speed 204 km/h, fix landing gear, fix pitch McCauley propeller, take off maximum weight: 757 kg, flight autonomy 5H, runway take of: 408 m. Here in the small Cessna 152, during my first cross-country solo flight. Weather is bad. I fly below the clouds. I had secured my Nikon F3 and its fish-eye Nikkor lens 16mm F2.8 on a tripod, solidly tapes with gaffer behind the seats. Remote control triggering with the remote attached to the yoke.
I took photos underwater all around the globe. See page 24.

I took photos of glacier climbing in Alaska. See page 26.

Glacier climbing in Alaska. Thank you Barry Moss for introducing me to this sport. He managed to make me overcome my vertigo. I spend 4 summers in Alaska. Here is Mendenhall Glacier, near Juneau. The friend in the middle is Tony.
Shannon Templeton: "And thank you for taking me on my first glacier experience! Those are memories I will never forget."

I go horseback-riding anywhere and everywhere. See page 27.

I got my sailing certifications to get superb photos of cruiseships from sailboats. See page 25.

I did a technical photography internship with Dean Collins and a fashion internship with Jean Paglioso. See page 18

Michèle West at Sans Souci Hotel, near Ocho Rios Jamaica, around 1984. As Andy Novis said: "So delicate, so feminine".

Gwen in Haïti.


Diving with blue sharks in California in 1992.

Haiti is one of the poorest countries in the world. Haitians are strikingly kind and sincere. We, the rich and arrogant, could learn a thing or two from them.

Cap-Haitien resident in front of his house.

Feb 1984 : Expedition beyond the polar circle in Alaska.

1986-87 : Photo reportage on the Amazon.
Survival suits in Alaska in the summer of 1990.

Tulamben shipwreck, Bali, 1991.

I went to the top of those magnificent towers.
Andy Novis remarked: "Atheists don't fly planes into buildings"
Tenzin Gyatso : "It does not matter if a person is religious or not : what is far more important is that he is good.”

I photographed Petra Lindblad, famous model, in Hollywood, 1993.
White background, protection from intense white reflection with the help of Lightform P22 panels with black screens

Petra was also photographed, among others, by the famous photograph Peter Lindbergh for the magazine Vogue France.
I would later Peter Lindberg later, at his home on rue de Savoie in Paris, to give him introductory courses to computers.

Calvin et Hobbes est une bande dessinée américaine écrite et illustrée par Bill Watterson, qui met en scène les aventures humoristiques de Calvin, un enfant imaginatif de six ans, et de Hobbes, son tigre en peluche sarcastique.
Fin 1995


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I know, it is monstrous.
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