Papillon the Bankrobber
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A personal portrait photography project by Martin Lea Photography of recovering alcoholic and former bankrobber Jean Pierre
Portrait photography is an opportunity to catch a glimpse of someone if the photographer can build a rapport with his subject.
This Slideshow is of a friend Jean Pierre who I was lucky enough to get into a studio to sit for me. He has had an incredible life and is currently writing his life story which may be made into a film. He spends many hours going into prisons & hospitals to help other people who want to get sober & substance free as he spent many years behind bars serving time for armed robbery.
In this portrait project I was fortunate enough to capture him both enjoying life and also talking about his troubled and abusive childhood.
I chose the music as it fits perfectly with the man and the project but I do not condone or encourage his former criminal activities. Joe Strummer from the Clash apparently upset his own rather straight father by penning this song. My own father was as far from this activity as you could imagine though that did not prevent me from spending time behind bars many years ago in a far off land to which I can never return..
Like JP I am sober and substance free & we are enjoying the best years of his life that way.Thanks for watching and bigger thanks to JP.