In the Fall, I completed a personal project with a freerunner and a ballerina in Paris. It was a story I had been thinking about for some time, as I was very interested in the similarities that exist, in my view, between freerunning, or Parkour, as per its French origins, and the dancers who perform modern choreographies. The movement of the body in space, the fact that freerunners – or traçeurs – move on the concrete elements of the city, jump and design arabesques and sequences that must be at the same time beautiful and seem easy, looked very similar to me.
With a friend from the Parkour Paris team and a dancer friend, we therefore set off to the wonderful Place de la Concorde in Paris in order to create a little ballet with the freerunner and the ballerina, at first noticing each other, chasing each other and then meeting at last.
It was difficult shooting the series because of the short time window we had – at sunset, in order to have the most interesting quality of light – while also making sure we could shoot with a clear background. And Place de la Concorde is quite a challenge in that sense, because there is no time of the day – except perhaps very early in the morning before sun rises – when it is quiet, with no cars or no pedestrians.
The series is visible on my website if you want to check it out.
Interestingly enough, we also had the pleasure to be contacted by the French national TV channel France Ô, for a documentary they were making on Parkour. As we had to go back a second time to capture some additional images, they came along to interview us and film us while we were doing the photo sessions.
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