Th­ese peo­ple did. French pho­tog­ra­pher Léo De­la­fontaine tells MC about his project shoot­ing mi­crona­tions around the world

Marie Claire (South Africa) - - CONTENTS -

MC: How did you em­bark on the project?

I al­ways liked small places with an im­prob­a­ble his­tory. At the be­gin­ning I dis­cov­ered the Principality

of Sealand, just off the UK coast. After some re­search, I found out that Sealand was not an iso­lated phe­nom­e­non – and that I could make a world mi­crona­tion tour.

MC: What’s the most in­ter­est­ing thing you dis­cov­ered?

I had the best time in Elle­ore, an is­land off the coast of Den­mark. The peo­ple are se­ri­ous about their mi­crona­tion and tra­di­tions; there are his­tory classes for kids and a na­tional sport. There’s no for­mal process to cre­ate a mi­crona­tion: be enough.

MC: What did you take away from the ex­pe­ri­ence?

A lot of fun, some in­cred­i­ble talks and de­bates with em­per­ors and kings on what it’s like to run a coun­try, and the feel­ing to have trav­elled in a par­al­lel world.

LEFT Fred­erikke Rose Holm, Julie Hol­stein, Nanna Gils­gaard and Chris­tine Bar­nett, the but­ter ies of the king­dom of Elle­ore RIGHT At­lantium’s Em­peror George II

CLOCK­WISE FROM LEFT Jan, Maria and Mar­ius have lived in Chris­tia­nia since 2007; the con­sul Pas­calux de la Boirie; the post o ce of Molos­sia

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