Tour de France 2014, Cambridge, England

Before I was ever a portrait photographer, I developed an affinity for travel and documentary photography. During my undergraduate years at the University of California, San Diego, I took advantage of the many opportunities offered to venture abroad. In the Summer of 2014, I studied abroad at the University of Cambridge, England. 

I'm starting my travel series with a few images taken of the Tour de France Stage 3 in Cambridge and subsequent stage in Paris. Cambridge is a quaint university town located about an hour north of London. 

 Trumpington Street, Cambridge

Trumpington Street, Cambridge

Pictured below is Christopher Larson standing behind me (throwing blue steel face). Chris was the only fellow student in the program who shared my mutual enthusiasm for waking up in the early hours of the morning to grab these spots. 

Out of frame a couple hundred feet to the left was the starting line. In order to capture the environment surrounding the race, I used a wide angle 28mm lens. 

 DSLR selfie, look how many chins I have

DSLR selfie, look how many chins I have

Chris ran over to one of the vendors prior to the race to buy T-shirts. He was nice enough to get me the remaining T-shirt for this design.

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Leaning over the railing was not the best idea especially when looking through the viewfinder. My depth perception was diminished and I was almost hit by the first passing cyclist. That is how close I was to the race, but it was worth this shot.

 Starting line at Our Lady and the English Martyrs Catholic Church, built 1890

Starting line at Our Lady and the English Martyrs Catholic Church, built 1890

Paris, France

A couple weeks following, I made a weekend trip to Paris where they had a subsequent stage of the Tour de France. 

 Arc de Triomphe, Paris

Arc de Triomphe, Paris

 French Air Force flying the country colors 

French Air Force flying the country colors 

 Firefighters getting a better view of the Tour de France 

Firefighters getting a better view of the Tour de France