During my travels, I witnessed a world in which diversity was the greatest resource, a world in which the cultural spirit prospers because of difference. The stories shared follow the epic journey that has transformed me. Each of the audio excerpts in this project has been taken from the book "Empreinte" which exists because of these encounters.
Moorea, French Polynesia
First Pacific crossing between Hawaii and California. 30 days at sea on a small ten metre sailboat. Half-way across, the entire project is threatened by accumulating breakages. The excerpt is from the crossing prior to the photo being taken.
Without a rudder, we were condemned to drift in the middle of the Pacific with the threat of the second hurricane hanging over us.
Rarotonga, Cook Islands
Hitch-hiking across the Pacific Ocean. Meet Dr Rongo, first marine biologist from the Cook Islands and visit of the MaruMaru Atua, traditional Polynesian Vaka. Dr Rongo explains his approach in order to face problems common to the Pacific Isles.
When it comes to climate change, a strong community is a resilient one.
Yakel village, Tanna Island, Vanuatu
Hitch-hiking across the Pacific Ocean. Visit Tanna Island and pass through Yakel village, a traditional community who face the challenges of change.
The Hadza, or Hadzabe people, Lake Eyasi, Tanzania
Visit of one of the last nomadic tribes on the planet. Neuropsychologist, Guillaume Dulude, and I accompany the men from the Hadza tribe to hunt baboons.
Oil & Water – short documentary film. Women from the Turkana communities, one of the poorest regions of Kenya, face changes brought about by the recent discovery of oil within their territory.
Berkutchi community, Mongolia
Visit to one of the last remaining nomadic communities on the planet. A Berkutchi father guides us at the summit of the mountains in western Mongolia while on the hunt with his golden eagle.
It’s one of the most beautiful examples of the relationship between man and a wild creature that I have had the opportunity to see.