After a few days she met a young photographer who agreed to become her translator. When they went to Kikolo market, Regnier spotted a beautiful blue wall which she instantly wanted to use as a backdrop. Soon enough the perfect subject walked by and agreed to pose for the project, when two armed men suddenly appeared and ordered Regnier to follow them. “Turns out I was photographing a police station, an act that is highly forbidden in this country that went through 27 years of civil war. Blue is my favourite colour, and in Angola it is also the colour of every police station.”
The policemen asked Regnier to call for her driver and then told her to get inside and drive to another police station, when eight policemen armed with assault rifles followed her into the car. “I felt like a real criminal, squeezed on the back seat between Kalashnikovs.” Scared by the guns and unable to gauge the severity of her offence, she started sending frantic messages to a friend in France who would be assigned to work on her release if she were to end up in jail. Once they arrived at the second police station, her film was damaged when an officer didn’t understand that she was not using a digital camera and opened the back. Other than that, she was released almost instantly; as for the armed men in the car, they just happened to need a free ride.