Tatler Takes Five
The French artist and photographer shares his passion for aviation with Nose Art, an exhibition at the MB&F MAD Gallery in Geneva this month. He reveals five of his sources of inspiration and creative aides
French photographer Manolo Chrétien reveals his sources of inspiration
“i love making images that are so close to abstraction that the viewer is First left wondering what is in the picture”
1 VINTAGE Planes I am totally obsessed with riveted aluminium plane details like the fuselages and wings. My favourite piece from the exhibition is the Swiss Star, taken from a plane called the Lockheed Constellation, shot in what I would consider perfect conditions, with its full aluminiumriveted and hail-battered body bearing red TWA logos and reflecting the sand and the sky. 2 A SKETCHBOOOK AND A SMALL CAMERA These are two objects I always have with me, the sketchbook to draw whatever comes to mind, and the camera to capture what my eyes see. 3 my Simple orange caran d’ache Pencils They’re handy and easy to draw with. 4 my WIFE céline She’s my life, my art, my heart, my soul; she supports me in every sense of the term. 5 the boneyard In tucson, Arizona Like no other place in the world, it’s a gold mine for aviation buffs. Any plane you can think of is represented there, even those you thought didn’t exist any more.
Davis-monthan Air Force Boneyard in Tucson