It is quit funny, as important decisions are changing my life every 10 years. Here are some of my key steps in 1985, 1995, 2005 and 2015.
By Franc Peret
– In 1985, I decided to work all year to prepare a car and motorcycle race I wanted to participate in: Atlas Rally in Morocco.
It costs me about 6 months salary in investment, and I was in search of sponsors.
To seduce potential partner, I got the idea to ask to different magazine if they would accept to publish an article from my experience, being a complete rookie in such races, one of the youngest participant.
Yannick Picard, who was a chief editor of Moto Magazine, a cooperative type of publication (which means open minded and ready to take risk) was the only one to accept to give me a chance.
And I will never thank him enough for this, as without him, I would never had a chance to find my way.
Yannick filled up my hand with a load of Fuji roll of slide film, wishing me good luck.
From there, my only aim was to finish the race, whatever happen, as I needed material (pix and stories to tell) to get published.
Here are my pictures from my participation to Atlas Rally in Morocco (Photos from Friends and Maindru).
In the bag around my hip, I was carrying a shockproof compact film camera (offered by another great guy, a photographer) to record my experience of the week long (5600Km) off road race, I absolutely needed to finish.
And I made it, despite several crashes and many problems, I was able to write and illustrate a 6 pages story which will become my first article published in a professional magazine.
Thanks to this race I became a photojournalist shortly after, starting with Moto Magazine as Yannick appreciated my very first article.
He needed someone able to write article about off-road racing and I was at the right place at the right time for this.
And it launches my career of photo journalist for good, learning my craft and improving both my writing and my pictures step by step for the 10 years to come.
– In 1995 I quit France to set up in Taiwan and this was the start of my life in Asia and a career in Film making and Lifestyle Photography, which last until now.
I started there as a still photographer for movie, but quickly learned the film-making craft being an Assistant director and finally a cameraman
I was hired by Leon Dai, a Taiwanese director to shoot his first feature film: “Summers”
– In 2005, I decided to set up in China and I added a new activity to my arsenal by becoming a photography and film making teacher…
What will happen in 2015? Another big change for sure and I already know the answer as you can see with this picture taken recently.