« Being popular on Instagram, it’s like being rich in Monopoly. It’s not real life. » For Vincent and his 53K followers, reality happens only after posting a photo, just behind the casing of his phone, to the right of his QWERTY keyboard. Everything starts the minute he lowers his computer screen. “A lot of guys take it seriously but I like posting a picture of my dog just as much as I like posting photos of my job.” Vincent is the kind of guy who can travel in the trunk of a 4×4 for nearly 2,500kms between California and Missouri. He’s also the kind of guy who runs out of gas in the middle of the desert. Adventure turns him on. And so does trouble.

 

 

From South Africa to the West Coast of the United States, this French photographer’s work is now very well-known in the world of BMX and motorbikes, pure condensed testosterone that comes with different shapes and forms, such as the curves of the skateparks he photographs and the voluptuous lines of Porsches that fascinate him. “I’ve never been attracted to team sports such as football. I’ve always prefered things that require notions of control and heaps of adrenaline. When you ride a skateboard or a BMX, you have neither timeframe nor restraints.”

 

 

Me, everyday, I get up with a smile on my face. Or a massive hangover

 

Originally from Bourgogne, he could have chosen to spend his life watching his nose turn the same colour as the burgundy grapes in the vineyards. But he chose to take pictures instead. Almost by accident. “It was an era of total recklessness. I was still in school, I didn’t care about much. And then I hurt my knee in BMX. I never wanted to become a photographer, but I was studying design at the time so I must’ve had a certain taste for aesthetics. Since then, I try to give myself the means to be happy. To requote a sentence illustrated by the English artist Ornamental Conifer ‘Mondays aren’t bad, it’s your job that sucks. ” Me,everyday, I get up with a smile on my face. Or a massive hangover ». The very idea of becoming as bitter as a fermented kiwi pushes Vincent every day to collaborate with the brands he admires. Deus Ex Machina, Vans, Carhartt, The North Face, Red Bull, the list is as long as the dizzy heights of the roads of Los Angeles that  he has recently photographed.

 

 

When you’re little, you start off on a push bike, then a motorbike, then a car. And that’s when you discover a true sensation of freedom.

 

More recently, Vincent has discovered a penchant for Porsches, a logical evolution that is mainly due to him being over thirty. Which goes to show, just like a grand cru from Bourgogne, old is good. «I remember, when I was a kid, getting into a 964 Purple with my dad. It was pure perfection. When you’re little, you start off on a push bike, then a motorbike, then a car. And that’s when you discover a true sensation of freedom. » Thanks to his latest project : the creation of a book of his travels for the end of 2016, Vincent hands are always busy and his mind is always elsewhere, in search of adventures. And trouble.

 

Article written by Elisa Routa

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