Back to Tokyo

“You are free darling, you can take your afternoon off to take pictures”

I lived in Japan between 2000 and 2008. At that time, I was not particularly interested in photography. Which I regret a little now.

In 2016, I was going on a family vacation for one month. No way to take the picture. I had to take care of the family. I admit it was very hard. My wife, who understood that the desire to take pictures was too strong, freed me: ”You are free darling, you can take your afternoon off to take pictures”. I became like a happy lunatic. I kissed her and had fun like a child.

These are a few photos were taken between noon and 10:00 pm. When I got back to France, I promised myself I would go back soon enough. I was supposed to go back to Japan with my family in 2020. But the Covid 19 arrived… 

Portraits of Didier Migaud, president of High Authority for the Transparency of Public Life

On September 30th, I had to realize the photo portraits of Didier Migaud, current president of Haute Autorité pour la transparence de la vie publique  (HATVP) (lit. High Authority for the Transparency of Public Life). The HATVP  is an independent French administrative authority which is responsible for ascertaining and preventing potential conflicts of interest among French public servants. Feedback about this shooting… 

Photographing with a mask, because of the health crisis, is not very convenient. My viewfinder was fogged, what I saw was a dark shape, that of President Didier Migaud. With my hand, I was fanning out. Fortunately, I had taken care to do some distance tests before his arrival. He had an important audit at the national assembly, so I gained 30 minutes of preparation. 

To break the ice, I ventured into jokes. Didier Migaud’s library was very serious. Political or economic books were enthroned on his shelves, as well as a portrait of Mandela. I told him of my disappointment not to find books from San Antonio (a French pulp fiction novels) by Frédéric Dard . Smiles. 

We discuss our respective adventures. We had already met ten years ago thanks to Olivier Ferrand (President of Terra Nova) and Denis Gettliffe who was his chief of staff. In 2010, President Nicolas Sarkozy appointed Didier Migaud as First President of the French Court of Audit. I had to realize the official portrait that was to be presented at the Palais Cambon. It was my first professional order. In 2010, therefore, the course of accounts was my first customer. 

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