The main subject, right? Find here a selection of my favorite pieces of urban photography… but also the story behind it!

Always try something new was the title of one of my articles a year ago. I’m true to my words, it’s time for me to reshuffle things a bit!

I’ve always been very passionate about motorsport. Since I was a kid I’ve always watched all the races I could that were on TV. Now with internet it’s racing fest almost every week-end! So why not merging my “old” motorsport passion with my “new” photography love into one?

That’s what I will be doing in 2019. Being in Romania for 10+ years didn’t help as motorsports are quite marginal there. But here in France, it’s already something much more reachable. I’ve just become the official photographer for a local karting track. The first step to something, hopefully, big!

It doesn’t mean I’ve stopped shooting the streets and the city, far from that. On the contrary, with a fresher perspective, it can only help with creativity. Heck, I’ve even started shooting the streets in colors during my last trip to Bucharest! Much more to come later on…

Meanwhile, if you’re like me a motorsport fan, you can find my photos on Instagram at @pierrepichotmotorsport. And don’t forget to subscribe 😉

SPOT on STREET exhibition - Bucharest

Good news! I’ll be part of the SPOT on STREET organized by the admins of the OnSPOT Facebook photography group in Bucharest, Romania. I will be featured with 35 others photographers from 10 countries (and the only on from France).

It is actually the 4th edition of the OnSPOT exhibitions. This year’s theme focusing on surprising, unintended moments that happen in the street. My photo? This one, of course, who was 2nd at the 2017 Sony Photography Awards 🙂

 

Surprise! Cluj-Napoca, Romania, 2016.

The opening is on September 5th. Find all the details about the SPOT on STREET exhibition on the F64.ro blog! If you’re in Bucharest at this time, go and give it a look 😉

 

The Runner. Orléans, France, 2018.

The Runner. Orléans, France, 2018. Get a print!

On a small path of a few centimeters wide, above the waters of the Loire and the Canal d’Orléans, this man chose to have his daily run. One can say there ar worst places for a runner to do his daily dose!

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For me, it’s important to share as much info as possible about the photos I take. Therefore, here are the EXIFs for this photo:

  • Camera: Canon 6D
  • Aperture: ƒ/2.8
  • Focale: 70mm
  • Shutter speed: 1/1600s
  • ISO: 100
  • Copyright: Pierre Pichot 2018, all rights reserved

It was awesome! I must admit that I got a bit afraid. We found out with the organizers from the French Institute (Institut Français) from Cluj-Napoca that on June 28th, the very same day of the opening of my Histoire Urbaines exhibition, at the same time, was happening the opening of the World Press Photo 2018 exhibition, a few under meters down the road! Talk about  competition… It was anyhow too late to change the date of the opening, therefore we went for it hoping that not only my friends will show up 🙂

And far from that, about 150 persons came the first evening. For a small scale exhibition on a niche genre with such a competition, it really was an accomplishment!

The place in itself, a cave with visible stones and bricks of the walls, the tubes, gave a great urban feeling, that went very well with my photos. I couldn’t have wished for a better place. The mood was set, all these people came and, I hope, had a good time.

It was a very interesting social experiment for me, to have my own exhibition: meeting all these people interested in my work just never happened before. And I had so much fun talking with them about my photography, how I see things, how I interpret my photos and how it compares to their interpretation.

I also had quite a revelation the day before while setting up everything. While I document what’s happening around me in the city, in a way I document myself too. For each and everyone of the 31 photos that were showcased I could tell when it was taken, what was the challenge, how I found the spot, and even more importantly, what was happening with myself, my mood, my life, at this very moment. Even for shots taken years ago. It is something I’ve never thought about before, but for sure it just really motivates me to continue photographing the life around me further more!

I’d like to thank Xavier Leroux, director of the French Institute of Cluj-Napoca for his warm welcome and for hosting the exhibition, Raluca Mateiu and her team for the great organization, and Robert Fejer for the photos of the evening. And, of course, all the people that came and made this opening the greatest one I could have hoped for!

Did you go to the exhibition? Did you like it? Tell me more in the comments below!

And here we go! I’m so happy to announce my very first solo exhibition, Histoires urbaines (Urban stories)!

Histoires urbaines - Povesti urbane

While I’ve already participated in a few group exhibitions, even in some very prestigious ones, it’s always something else to have your own exhibition. It will showcase 30 of my best street photos. Some can already be seen on this website in my Streets portfolio, but also a few new ones that were kept for the event.

I really like the fact that this exhibition is happening in Cluj-Napoca. This is where is has all started, where I first took my camera and started wandering the streets. It seems right to me that my first solo event starts there… and hopefully it’ll continue somewhere else!

The exhibition will take place at the French Institute (Institut Français) at la Cave, their own art dedicated space… in a cave! So if you come by Cluj between June 28th and July 20th, don’t miss the cultural event of the year 😉

And I’ll be there for the opening on the 28th. See you there, I hope!