It was an honor when Red Bull invited me to create a photo project. It was like a dream job. They said: “get this money and do whatever you want, but it has to be something new and never seen before”. That’s what I did.
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10 facts that summarize my experience in the 2013 Dakar Rally
01 – waking up every day between 3 and 3:30 a.m. is not an ordinary thing
02 – taking a bath every two or three days is a viable mess
03 – dunes, bushes and the roadside are much more pleasant toilets than the chemical ones
04 – Murphy’s Law is true and proven: only the late ones get flats
05 – there’s no way canned food could be tasty or healthy
06 – sleepiness is more cruel and dangerous than hunger and thirst together
07 – unstucking a car is as good as going to the gym
08 – camping on stony ground, with the sound of generators and engines is better than losing sleep time looking for a hotel room
09 – some French have forgotten the motto of the French Revolution
10 – even the craziest Russian guy – the one who drives a 9.5-ton truck at 160 km/h off-road weeps when crossing the finish line as the winner of the Dakar
When I saw B-Boy Junior coming to our photo session, limping and using a cane, I could not not wonder what this Zaire-born Frenchman was capable of. Victim of polio as a child he compensates any leg handicap dancing on his arms. No wonder they call him the ‘Alien’.