The photo project is very focussed on the “facial” aspect of the players. This has been quite well accepted given the somewhat quirky images.
What I’ve kept from this project is that among the 600 people that I photographed, I didn’t meet a single person who was unpleasant and I’m not just saying that. Everyone was very welcoming and hospitable. From the beginning we had to explain the project to each player, but as time went by, we could show them the rest of the portraits and we started to be recognised by the rugby world. I’ll always have the memories of fantastic meetings with these people, often in pretty strange situations!
The world of rugby is, I think, an intelligent world. What I mean by this is that the people often have perspective and distance, they're able to take themselves not too seriously, and that makes my job a lot easier!
I wanted the supporters who find their idols in this book to feel bewildered and confused, and I want people to feel the slap in their face when they turn the pages!