I was born and raised in Paris, France. Following a Bachelor’s degree in sociology at University Paris 5 René Descartes, I decided to learn how to use photography to show the world as I see it. For me, context is everything. I constantly concentrate on the fact that the subject is part of a bigger picture, and bring this vital element within the frame. My first love and interest is protest photography, but I am gradually shifting to deeper projects. I have traveled a lot around Europe, and recently to the U.S., where my american accent surprises quite a lot of people (and makes them easier to photograph). I love my camera(s) like my own children, and I'll never share custody with anyone. I'm attracted to the uncanny, the weird, the strangely-familiar-but-foreign feeling that photographers experience in the making of their work. But more than anything else, I deeply love People. Every single human being is fascinating, a deep cave to be explored cautiously, with a camera in one hand and a sociology book in the other.
In 2007, a massive project the likes of which can only be seen in China was set in motion: providing housing for 10,000 people in a suburb that copies the iconic architecture of Paris, France. Today, in 2014, even though most of the construction is finished, only 1500 people live in Tiandoucheng, a suburb of Hangzhou, Zhejiang, in South Eastern China.
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A copy of the Versailles Garden of the Nativity dominates Tiandoucheng Park. The Palace itself, for which the original garden in Versailles was built, is missing.
Along with fruits and vegetables, cotton is grown in the fields around the Eiffel Tower.
Large decals cover up the glass doors of businesses that have yet to open.
The Eiffel Tower looks down the central avenue, leading down to the Tiandoucheng Gardens.
Aside from restaurants, most shops are usually devoid of customers.
A fake church sits at the center of the "French Hamlet," its cross out of proportion.
The Eiffel Tower in Tiandoucheng is one-third the size of the original in Paris.
Cotton from the fields around the miniature Eiffel Tower dries in the streets of Tiandoucheng.
Some shops look like they have started decaying without even being opened for business, like the Lavender Coffee Shop.
The entrance of the Tiandoucheng Park enacts a Neoclassical fantasy for visitors to China's "Fake Paris."
A theatre sits abandoned at the end of Tiandoucheng's copy of the Versailles Nativity Gardens.
Brides also get their photos taken in the "French Hamlet." The photography session is advertised to cost 50 yuan.
Apart from the scenery, nothing differentiates Tiandoucheng from any other Chinese residential community.
The Eiffel tower stands at the northern side of the community, with unfinished house units looming in the background.
Brides and grooms get their photos taken at the highest point in the park, overlooking the residential community modeled after Paris, France - complete with a miniature Eiffel Tower.
Protestors sit on an otherwise busy road in the Admiralty area.
Protestors make signs in the Admiralty area.
A man claiming that he is a local tells an Australian journalist that his country has to pay for the financial costs of the protest, in the Mongkok area.
Protestors control crowds by issuing safety warning and helping people move in an orderly fashion.
A passerby looks at protestors in the Mongkok area.
Protestors sleep at one of the many distribution centers set up in the Admiralty area.
A protestor looks at signs made behind the government HQ in the Admiralty district.
Umbrellas laid in the Mongkok area.
Protestors were distributing water and other supplies, as well as providing medical attention to everyone present in the Admiralty area.
A protestor reads a newspaper in the empty Admiralty area, in the early morning.
Police officer keep guard at the Government HQ, facing protestors.
Police officers relived from duty exit the Government HQ while protestors chant after the storm.
Protestors make signs in the Admiralty area.
A protestor films Joshua Wong as he gets ready to make a speech in front of the government HQ.
Protestors sleep in the Mongkok area.
Protestors set up charging stations in the Admiralty area so make the camp as self-sufficient as possible.
A woman watches a live broadcast of the protests on her phone in the Hong Kong MTR.
Protestors occupy the Admiralty area.
The camp was almost empty in early mornings in the Admiralty area.
A storm hits the Admiralty area as protesters continue to press on for open elections in 2017.
Protestors stand guard after sporadic violence in the Mongkok area.
After the use tear gas and pepper spray, protestors geared up in front of the Government HQ.
Protestors used bins and fences to set up barricades and block the streets in the Mongkok area.
Plywood barricades in the Mongkok area.
Umbrellas lay in the middle of a blocked road in the Mongkok area.