RICH MCCOR, BETTER KNOWN
by his Instagram handle Paperboyo, is a travelling photographer with a twist. He is employed by tourist boards and commercial companies to photograph famous landmarks, while holding paper cut-outs in front of his camera lens to create unusual images. McCor takes around 30 international flights a year. In 2018 destinations have included New Zealand, Dubai, Sweden, Spain, Denmark, France, Holland, Germany, Switzerland, Japan, USA and Antigua.
Most unusual place you’ve ever been?
Last year I visited Easter Island (see opposite page). Arriving in this remote place on a brand-new Boeing 787 was a bit bizarre, but once I’d ventured beyond the touristy parts (there are only a few), I felt like an explorer on the edge of the world. I remember coming across one of the moai heads, which had toppled over in the undergrowth. That moment took me right back to how I felt when I had first read about Easter Island in a school textbook and had been inspired to travel.
What equipment do you travel with to carry out your work?
I take two cameras, three lenses, a tripod and various accessories. For the paper cut-outs I now tend to pre-cut them in advance to save me bringing craft knives, cutting boards and stacks of black card with me.
I’ve been lucky in that I’ve never had my carry-on bag weighed before boarding, even though I’m pretty sure I’m always over the allowance.
So far I’ve never accidentally packed my craft knives in my carry-on, so no awkward conversations at security.
How could international airports improve?
The convoluted ways of signing into the free wifi at airports seems so unnecessary. In some places I’ve had to turn on my data to receive a code for the log-on page, which cost £4 in data, rendering the whole concept of free wifi meaningless.
I also reckon I’ve spent ten hours altogether queuing in American airports. They could vastly improve their immigration queues.
How could airlines improve?
I hate flying on old planes. It makes such a difference to walk onto a new plane with a well-designed interior.
Indispensable travel gadget?
Noise-cancelling headphones. When I first tried them out I took them off mid-flight to visit the toilet and I couldn’t believe how loud the plane was. They’re so effective.
In-flight reading material?
I always read the in-flight magazines, but I’m not very good with reading books on planes. I get too distracted by the meals or movies.
Loveliest souvenir you’ve ever come back with?
I was recently in Phoenix, Arizona, and a chef invited me to eat at his restaurant. When I arrived he handed me a handwritten card from his son, saying how much he enjoyed my photos. That was very touching.
I’d love to see the old whaling stations on South Georgia Island. There are halfsubmerged ships and red rusting buildings. It’s a photographer’s dream. Ernest Shackleton is buried nearby.
Around the World in Cut-Outs by Paperboyo is priced £12.99 at amazon.co.uk