World wrestling championships 2017

I attended day 5 of the UWW world championships 2017 that took place in Paris. The freestyle wrestling was great fun and quite impressive to watch. As for photography, I was in the public (i.e. not in the press & photographers box) and material that could be taken in the arena was quite limited. Thus, no portrait or real highlights of wrestling moves, I stuck to atmospheric, ambient shots.

Capoeira by the Seine

It’s amazing how much talent you can discover simply by looking around you, in the streets, particularly in cities like Paris. It is a commonplace to say so, but photography increases your level of awareness… It pushes you to be more outgoing, and with a bit of luck, you’ll find someone willing to play your game.

It’s what happened to me last Thursday. I was definitely privileged to stumble on this capoeira dancer in a park. I could gush with superlatives, but just look at the picture, you should get my point. I still have difficulties doing exactly what I want when trying to capture movement, but this experience was definitely enriching.

Special thanks to Christophe.

Liberté Egalité Fraternité

Traditionally, firemen organize public balls on the eve of Bastille Day, the French national holiday, throughout the country. Soldiers, policemen and other civil servants often join in to celebrate, offering an opportunity for the people to say thank you and to exchange informally.

Doing so with the firemen of Paris, an elite corps, is a privilege. The guys are seriously stunning and the party was really cool.

As for photography, it was a first serious attempt at photography by night. I found out that my camera handles dark conditions rather well. The subject however remains difficult, with changing lights, lack of space to frame and people moving non-stop. Next time, I’ll give up priority to focus, to allow quicker shots.