AIR MILES

Business Traveller - - UPFRONT -

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.

Pipe-dream des­ti­na­tion?

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

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