(2013- )

The Longchamps and Chantilly Hippodromes (Paris and Oise, France) where horse races enthusiasts from all over the world gather every first Sunday of October. The main race of the day - and one of the world’s most prestigious - is (now) called the “Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe”. It started in 1920 and is popularly called The Arc.

Hiding behind pronostics pages or binoculars, loosing their mind over frenetic betting sessions for some, dressed in an old fashioned way and enjoying the party, wanting to be seen for others, I see actors on a classic movie set ; each of them contributing to the prestige and history of the place, adding the magical “back in time” feel to it ; each of them being drawn into the effervescence of the event, and I with them.