I went on tour numerous times with Calexico in 2015 and 2016. Find below some of my favorite photos of our trips.
In December, I was commissioned by Helsinki Tourism to photograph and explore the city. Find above my fave photos and below my fave picks for the week.
1 - The Food
Finnish cuisine is highlighting fresh and seasonal ingredients. My best picks for food for the week:
* Juuri - my favourite restaurant in Helsinki and the best food that I had in a while. The chef treated us with the Christmas lunch including small fish Sapas. It is gourmet food using fresh and traditional ingredients.
* Putte’s - trendy and busy pizza place with a bar and a disco downstairs. Really good food and wine.
* Fleuriste - Finnish are really into Coffee shops. There is a really good looking Brunch menu but we decided to go for their selection of Cakes and Coffee. I really recommend it because it is very good but also because the ladies working there are the nicest. It’s like stepping into a friend’s house.
* Ekberg - oldest Bakery in Helsinki, they retained many old school architectural features. It is a bit touristy but I recommend their brunch on Sunday.
2 - The Bars
I am more into wine and cocktails so I tried to look for some of those:
* Shelter – best cocktails, by the harbour and Uspenskin Cathedral. Really cosy and super friendly waiters.
* Liberty or Death – amazing cocktails too if you are in another part of the city.
* Ateljee Bar – best view of the city for this really tiny bar located at the top of a hotel. Worth checking it out before you head out elsewhere. It is really, really tiny.
* Vin Vin - located right next Putte’s Pizza. Their sommelier is very resourceful and the wine selection amazing.
3 - Design
Design in Finland is a big thing, from furniture’s to clothes, to architecture.
I really wanted to try to visit Marimekko factory and it was my highlight of the week. I got an Insight of the design house, how they printed their textiles and what they are using them for. It was amazing to see the prints created before my eyes. They use 10 gigantic screens to print !
I love to meet people who are passionate about their craft. So to follow with this, I also got to meet the girls at Box Jewellery. I highly recommend checking out their work if you like unique jewellery pieces. They are very inspiring. http://www.keskipomppu.com and http://pionidesign.fi
4 - Arts
Design Museo, Alteneum and HAM Helsinki were my predilection choices. There are so many Museums in Helsinki and with a National Holiday in the middle of the week, I couldn’t quite experience as many as I’d wished for. Yayoi Kusama retrospective was the most fascinating for me.
5 - The Outdoors
There is multiple parks to explore in the city but my favourite escape was UUnisaari Island. In wintertime, it is accessible via a bridge from the harbour. The landscape and the light were perfect. It was the most beautiful place for me in the city.
> Bonus : Tallin
If you get a chance, hop on the 2 hour boat ride to Tallin. You’ll find cheap eateries and medieval bars as well as multiples little museums and vintage shops. I highly recommend the restaurant called V (Vegie/Vegan) in the city centre. We also enjoyed mulled wine at Olde Hansa and a few drinks at the Depeche Mode (like the band !) Baar. Very easy trip if you want to see a different architecture and hop to another country for the day.
In October, I went on tour with the amazing Twin Peaks for French Magazine Rock & Folk. My photos and article were published in the 60th birthday issue of the magazine. Click on the photo below to see more !
I have made a gallery with some of my favorite images from their sets at Austin City Limits Festival Weekend 1 and 2. I love to photograph this band. They have so much energy ! Hoping to catch them somewhere on the road in Europe soon.
Some of my Nada Surf Tour photos below. It was great to jump on the Bus with those guys again, four years after we first toured together.
I have just added a travel/life section to my website since I seem to spend most of my time away. I hope that you will like it !
At the end of August, I have photographed Afropunk Festival in NYC for Live Nation TV. Such an amazing festival fighting against homophobia, racism and sexism.
For the 2nd year, I was part of Standon Calling Festival Official Photographers Team. You'll find below some of my favorite photos of the weekend.
In January, I went on tour for a week in Europe with New Madrid from Athens, Georgia.
Some of my favorites photos are in the gallery below.
I've covered the last few dates of Curtis Harding European Tour. Click the photo for the gallery of my fave pics.
I had a very busy summer which explains the lack of Updates on the website. I'll try to put a few more galleries up on the Blog soon to keep the site lively...
There you go, my last European Festival of the season : Bestival.
This year, I was one of the Official Photographers for the lovely people at Standon Calling Festival. A great festival for family with so many activities that it is totally impossible to get bored. Some cool acts especially on the Bella Union, BBC Introducing stages.
Second year taking photos at Benicassim for Getty/Redferns. I love this festival ! You can see my favorite images here. Blur were amazing !!! I've also bumped into some members of Public Enemy, or are they Roadies ? They were super cool.
I've been to Primavera Sound as well as Isle of Wight Festival, Open'er and Benicassim since my last Update. I'm running a bit behind for my website Updates.
Here is an Open'er Festival gallery.
Eagles of Death Metal were my favorite !!
Thanks so much to Alter Art for taking care of me there !
In April, I have covered Coachella Festival for Line of Best Fit and for Hunger Online.
I have put a selection of my favorite images here. It was great to be there again and see so many talented performers. My highlights were definitely FKA Twigs and Florence and the Machine shows.
I also took some portraits of Mac DeMarco, Stromae, Toro Y Moi ...
A few weeks ago, I flew to Dublin to cover Walking On Cars 'hometown' sold out show before they head to SXSW. I met them a couple of hours before the show to do some backstage photos while they were warming up. Click to see my favorite photos of the evening. Best of Luck to Walking On Cars for their SXSW shows !
FKA Twigs was probably my favorite performance of February. Her show was more than just a concert. The choreography, lightings, outfits... Everything was mesmerizing and very theatrical. So beautiful.