Le Tour on dis­play in photo ex­hi­bi­tion

Alpine Observer - - State Election -

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.

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