Sidney Léa Le Bour captures the hidden cultures and traditions and brings them forward through breathtaking images. Traveling around the world, the French photographer looks fear in the eyes and then proceeds to take the shot.
A petroleum spa in Azerbaijan, a wrestling competition in Turkey, and limestone quarries in Egypt are just some of the hidden gems she brings to light. “I try to find a balance between going abroad to make new reportages and spend time back home to prepare and communicate on these works,” she said in an interview withwertn.
“It’s a huge part of our work, not very well known. When you imagine a reporter, you always think of her or him traveling around and having amazing adventures far away. But, every travel is prepared. We need to find new projects and ask ourselves ‘Why do I want to go there?’, ‘What do I want to tell?’, ‘Will it be a story that nobody ever covered?’”
“When I discover an odd tradition, a curious sport or anything else that I didn’t know about, I always want to see that by myself,” she added. “That’s how and why I covered so many unexpected events. Sometimes it’s just a picture on the internet that arouses my curiosity, sometimes I hear about these places because people know that I’m interested in those. And, It’s endless because the more reportages I make, the more I hear about other places.”
Enter her cabinet of curiosities in the gallery below.