In a series of interviews this autumn, we’ll introduce you to the local photographers who’ve kindly donated a stunning image to our charity calendar project. You’ll find more details about the 2021 Morzine, Les Gets & Avoriaz charity landscape calendar in the Source Shop.
This week, please allow us to introduce you to Anthony Anquetil.
How long have you been in Morzine and what’s your favourite thing about living here?
I have been in Morzine for about six months and although it is still a relatively short time to be able to know every corner of this impressive place; I have managed to find incredible spots for their beauty, mysticism and calm. It is precisely this my favorite thing about living here: find out long lonely walks that take me to awesome landscapes plenty of wildlife.
You’ve included a Springtime image for our calendar. Had you planned to take the image? Or were you just enjoying a walk?
Well, that photo has a curious story. If I remember correctly I think it was one of my first photographic session around, I had heard several people talk about the Cascade d’Ardent, so I decided to go see it and for a while I was trying to access to the foot of the waterfall, without success; then I got ready to take some shots of streams in the river and in this way the image was born. A photo not planned in advance.
You’ve taken photos around the world; what’s your favourite location?
I have traveled around many countries in the world, for many years and at different times in my life and with all this I can affirm with conviction that I do not have a favourite location. All the corners of this world have different landscapes, textures, cultures and colours, textually and metaphorically speaking; all the places around the planet have their hidden gems and I think it’s just up to us to discover, learn to appreciate and therefore, enjoy them.
Are you already planning your photos for this winter season?
Yes, I already have some ideas and next projects on the way. There is so much to do around here that I wonder if time will be my ally to carry out these ideas; of course I’ll work on it. I would also be interested in being in contact with the local photographic community with the aim of being able to know more places and, eventually, share some shooting moments, carry out common or complementary projects and collaborations if they arise.
What do you like to do when you’re not taking photos?
When I don’t grab my photographic material to go to explore new places, observe nature, something that I really love by the way, or discover new hikes; I do a full-time job that I like, I also enjoy doing diverse activities with my wife and my circle of friends and practicing some of sport, among other things.