The inspiration for my travel portraits came from the French
philanthropic millionaire, Albert Kahn, and the photographer
I attended the Pushkar Camel Fair in Rajastan, India, where I
erected a white portable background in the street and invited
flambouyantly dressed festival goers who were passing by to
pose for me. The resulting images isolated my subjects from
their environment, giving the impression of a studio shoot,
which would have been impossible to achieve whilst maintaining
their integrity as genuine pedestrians, untouched by the make-up
and styling associated with such shoots. Two young boys helped
me by asking people in the crowd if they would like a free
portrait. The warm, carnival-like atmosphere made it hard for
me to refuse anyone that wanted to participate.
Everyone I photographed was given a polaroid image as a gift.
These photographs have a very special place in my heart and
still today have never been sold for my profit.
If the resourses were available I would travel the world
with my backgrounds photographing every race on the
planet, but sadly my lottery numbers have not come up yet.