To take the portrait of Laurent Ferrier, the Swiss horologist who worked at Patek Philippe for the 30 years attaining the rank of technical director before launching his eponymous brand in 2010. He was also a semi-professional car racer including 3rd at Le Mans, behind Paul Newman, in 1979.
The portrait was taken at Basel World, the global trade show for watches organised each spring in the city of Basel, Switzerland, at the Messeplatz. With most watch brands having a presence at the show, be it large or small, it was necessary to book appointments with each brand in order to handle and inspect their new offerings (*my last appointment was with Corum who I reached on time. Unfortunately I was ‘not on the list’ and when I did finally gain entry for my appointment I was told I was late).
This portrait was taken candidly during an appointment with Laurent Ferrier while he showcased his latest watch offering in his booth at Basel World; the size of the booth, being modest by show standards, being just large enough to fit a table with room to manoeuvre. Due to being so close to Laurent I alternated between a 24- 70mm and a 100mm. The images with the 24- 70mm are peculiar in so far that Laurent utilised hand gestures when talking and as a result his hands, being closer to the camera than his body, appear quite large. Given the issue with Laurent’s hands, may favourite of this series is this image taken with the 100mm.
The inescapable feeling I took away with me after this session was that Laurent was a king grandfather and I could have listened to him talk about anything. In regards to the image and the focal point of the eye furthest from the camera, I can only presume I was playing with composition at the end of a long day or I was struggling to capture the near eye in focus due to his wearing glasses.