Le Tour on display in photo exhibition
By STRUAN JONES
POREPUNKAH photographer Jean-Pierre Ronco is holding an exhibition at Boynton’s Feathertop Winery until Sunday, November 25, displaying some of his best photographs from the 2018 Tour de France.
The exhibition is a display of Jean-Pierre’s talent in capturing cycling events in pictures from his three-month stay in his home country, travelling every stage with the tour.
Born on the Riviera coastline, Jean-Pierre has always been influenced by photography. His father was a travelling photographer in the French Alps region, and at school he enjoyed spending his lunchtime breaks in a dark room.
Twelve years ago, Jean-Pierre moved to Melbourne to work as a locksmith, but after eight years in the city he made a tree change to Bright.
He said he liked the area not least for the wonderful scenery, but also the plenitude of events and sporting competitions
The interest in cycling came in 2013 when Jean-Pierre followed the national championships in Ballarat, and later that year joined peloton of photographers chasing the riders at the Tour de France.
He now works frequently with Cycling Victoria and Cycling Australia, covering races and travelling around the state.
The 2018 tour was the 105th running of the most famous and coveted cycling race in the world, and Jean-Pierre’s exhibition ‘Racing for Yellow’ shows the dynamic beauty of the race in unmistakable settings.
He told the Alpine Observer the key to good cycling photography is to understand the race, and to try to capture something specific, whether it’s the effort of sprinters at the finish line, the joy of cyclists mid-stage, or seeing the riders as part of a larger landscape.
Now living in Porepunkah and keeping up a locksmith business by trade, Jean-Pierre is looking forward to the Tour of Bright.
He said there are many places in the region perfect for cycling photography, including Falls Creek and Mount Hotham, but nothing beats Mount Buffalo at sunrise.
All photographs are on display in the vault at Feathertop Winery, and are on sale in limited numbers.