How long have you been a photographer?
Photography began for me when I was 12. Growing up in the Vosges region of France meant I was surrounded by wildlife and the forest became my playground. My Dad gave me my first camera in the same year – a Nikon FE2 – which, looking back, helped to kick off my career in photography. I’ve always remained faithful to the brand and have been using Nikon products for 28 years now.
I will always remember the first picture I took. It changed my life. While exploring the forest near my home, I came across a small deer. I felt an overwhelming sense of excitement at being able to photograph such a beautiful creature in its natural environment, and I still find it exciting today.
After learning the craft for a number of years, I decided to leave school early to pursue my passion for photography. I travelled a lot during these years and took various jobs in order to save up for the NIKKOR lenses I dreamed of owning. In 1999, when I was 23, I was lucky enough to receive a grant to travel to Hokkaido Island in Japan for three months. It was my first shoot as a professional photographer. I secured my first job as a photojournalist the following year and my photography career progressed from there.