October 2017: Turkmenistan - Ashgabat 2017
When the opportunity arose to travel to Turkmenistan for the niche 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, I could hardly say no. After all, it's not every day that the repressive former Soviet state opens its doors. Officially, I was there to write sponsored content hosted on Eurosport's website, which I did here and here.
But having made the most of my four days in Central Asia - including taking a series of eye-catching images - I managed to snare some other more creative commissions on my return to London. One was for The Calvert Journal - an award-winning online magazine dedicated to exploring the culture and creativity of the New East: eastern Europe, the Balkans, Russia and Central Asia. My Letter From Ashgabat was a slightly satirical look at my time in Turkmenistan and included a raft of photos taken during the Games.
July 2017: The remarkable tale of the Tintin of the Tour
Since uncovering the absorbing story of Alex Virot for my chapter in The Cycling Anthology, I was always keen to develop the tale of this little-known pioneer of French radio. If the slew of images and documents relating to Virot's life made the story better suited to a magazine or online feature, then the 70th anniversary of Virot's death presented itself with an ideal opportunity to write a special long-read article for Eurosport ahead of the Bastille Day stage of the 2017 Tour de France. The piece included some superb illustrations as well as an audio file of Virot's last ever radio broadcast before his death.