Once again I’ve been away for too long but this time for work reasons.
The Christmas issue of the magazine I design is always the hardest to pull through. Christmas is the best selling season of the year when it comes to luxury wrist watches and, on top of that, the new year starts with the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie, in Genève, and our magazine will be on the featured press stand along with beautiful magazines from around the world.
So everybody on the team has been on red alert giving their best to deliver, once again, a beautiful issue.
A few weeks ago my boss came up to me and said: Just got a call from Sassoun Sirmakes (CEO of CVSTOS watches) and he wants us to organize an event in Moscow featuring Gérard Depardieu and Gérard is going to be, also, our Christmas issue cover. So… do you want to go to Brussels for the photo session?
As senior graphic designer I always attend every photo session for the magazine as the client. My boss knows about my passion for film photography and I do get the chance to see and assist some professional photographers at work, I get to meet some amazing people and to take a film camera along to fool around while trying to help and not getting in the way of the “real deal”.
The truth is… for my own intents, for my very, very personal lame amateur experiments, I’m actually proud of some of the pictures I’ve been taking in these sessions and my boss gets an extra “black and white film photography” option for the magazine.
I’ve done it with the big waves surfer Garrett McNamara, or the football player Cristiano Ronaldo, or the Portuguese artist Julião Sarmento, for example.
But… and a very big but (no pun intended), I never, ever take a film camera to a session thinking about getting my name published on the magazine as “photographer”. Ever. I do it for myself, for my experiments, to… cook some film.
I never design an article using my own pictures and if by any change my boss decides to publish one of my images on the magazine I always refuse to have my name printed as the “author”. I’m nothing without the team I belong to.
So… going to Brussels, meeting Gérard Depardieu and being able to take a film camera to fool around, sounded like early Christmas!
But no… no film camera fooling around this time. I was being challenged to be the main “photographer”.
It was a huge task and my main concern was to honor my boss’s decision to use me as main photographer. I wanted to make the company I work for look good and to make the client happy for choosing us as the creative agency for their event.
I’m not really sure if I managed to deliver what was expected of me. I always feel I could have done more and better (I’m sure that we all do). I don’t want to stand out from the team and I don’t want to be the weaker link risking the journalist’s work or the success of the commercial department.
I want us to succeed as a team and I’m always willing to fall alone if things go wrong.
The team liked the pictures and they feel proud of my/our work so I’ve decided, as usual, not to sign any picture. The magazine will be out next week and my name will not be on it, only our team signature: Espiral do Tempo.
Again, I’m nothing without the team I belong to. They are the ones I must honor first.
Mr. Depardieu… to me the absolutely best Cyrano ever! What an honor being in the same room as him. What a kind, bigger than life, person. He truly is a gentle big hearted giant and he made every shot so easy.
In fact, I didn’t take any shots, he gave them to me, so I had no excuse to deliver poor work, only my own lack of skills.
Bowing at you Mr. Depardieu!
PS: All the images are copywrite protected.