Tell us about your cover.
So my first thought when I was asked to do a cover was to just see what inspiration comes from the mountains. The result was more a feeling than a visual representation of them. I like doing things with masks in my art because they bring to mind spirits. They both involve hidden things, things that you don’t see in real life. In my drawing, the spirit of the mountains is blue, which gives a feeling of danger but also beauty.
And when you were studying art in Annecy, what did you focus on?
The course was really broad and we did a lot of model making, work with plastic, graphic design and painting as well. But I really found myself drawn to working with plastic.
And is Annecy a good place to be for the arts?
Yes it’s fantastic, very cultural. Not quite in the same way as a big city like Lyon or Paris, but there’s still a lot going on. Cinema is great there and they have an animation festival, which is very highly regarded.
What kind of photography do you do?
For the moment, it’s nothing crazy, just portraits of friends, pictures of landscapes. But then I also like to capture something more figurative, more abstract photos. I love the abstract world. Similar to the mask and spirits, I like to find things that we don’t see every day.
And I suppose photography’s in your blood, being the son of Hugo of “Hugo Photo”.
Yes, it’s in my family for sure.
When you lived in Val d’Isère before, did you struggle with the lack of culture and art at all?
Yes a little, but when you’re in the mountains, you don’t necessarily look for culture, because you’re not going to find it really. You search instead for inspiration from the natural landscape, the air which is so much easier to breathe, the sky full of stars at night. It’s a magnificent village that will always remain close to my heart and continues to inspire me.
And as a Val d’Isère boy, here comes the all important question; do you like Génépi?
Of course! I love Génépi; you can’t live in Val d’Isère and not love it.
And where’s your favourite watering hole for a spot of genepi?
I really love Next Bar- it’s definitely my favourite French bar. And for English bars, it’s got to be Blue Note- the vibe is super chilled and they do great genepi.
And finally, what have you been listening to whilst riding recently?
I love electric guitar so you’ll often find me listening to Jimmi Hendrix on the slopes.
Nice! Thanks Thomas.