2023 DPPF grant recipient Gabriel is a Swiss photographer who graduated from the Centre d’Enseignement Professionnel de Vevey in 2021. He works as a freelance photographer and covers sports for various newspapers, magazines, and agencies, and private clients.
Gabriel shares back stories for two of the photographs in his grant-winning portfolio.
“I was working for Swiss Paralympic where I had to cover the Swiss athletes. But I took the opportunity to try and capture images that were a little more feature-laden and less purely topical. In Glasgow, it was very stimulating to be able to get up close and personal with the great able-bodied athletes (who were competing on the same days as the Paralympic athletes). The Italian Filippo Ganna was really an athlete I wanted to get the best possible images of, and I really like the character.”
I waited for the races of the Swiss athletes and tried things out in other disciplines. I saw that there was an opportunity to get a nice silhouette with the high jumpers, but looking at the images, I see that I have an image that stands out from the crowd because the reflections from the goggles pointing towards the sky were visible in the photo. I didn’t think I could get something like that, so it’s a bit of a fluke. As my friend and colleague at Agence France-Presse Fabrice Coffrini often says, “Lack of luck is a professional failing.”