Once upon a time, I was a scientist, but I wasn't quite happy. I decided to move to the French Alps instead and try this photography thing. I became an adventure photographer, and things felt better. I climbed, paraglided, skied, sailed and hiked all over the world, always with a camera in hand. After a few years, it dawned on me that I was becoming much more interested in the faces and the human emotions of the outdoors than in the action itself. And that after all, maybe the adventure was only an excuse.
Whether it is a runner focusing before an Olympic race, a refugee becoming the first of her community to receive a university degree or a climber looking up at the mountain he will measure himself against, emotions are what remain, human and universal. Telling people stories with earnestness, honesty and dignity is what I strive to do every time I pick up a camera.
My work is currently divided more or less evenly between adventure and humanitarian projects. I split my time between Chamonix, in the French Alps, and Squamish, in British Columbia. I am represented by Novus Select and Wonderful Machine.
I am grateful that photography has given me so many opportunities for unique experiences. There are too many to list exhaustively, but highlights include sailing an expedition yacht around Cape Horn, being invited to an Ethiopian coffee ceremony in Dadaab Refugee Camp, photographing the Rio Olympics from the sidelines, skiing to the North Pole, naming three (small) mountains in Greenland, adventure racing through Tierra del Fuego wilderness, climbing on K2 and getting winched down from a helicopter at night. I can't wait to see what happens next!