'Le Petit Tour' is a continuous project that came about from a desire to find cycling figures that I'd seen in shop windows whilst on holiday in France in the 1980's as a child. I spied the classic 'Flandriens' figurines in Belgium and became addicted to them. Classic teams were snapped up in Gent and Brussels and I set about shooting the series of photographs that became 'Le Petit Tour'. I've photographed mini stages in various locations including Gent, Norwich, Manchester, London and Morecambe. Everywhere I travel, the little riders are in tow.
Cycling for me is pure escapism and I want the images to have a sense of surreal possibility about them. I want the viewer to feel like a breakaway of 3 inch riders could actually happen, that they'd slipped out at 8 am and taken off with nobody noticing.