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Tell us about yourself
I am not a professional and I consider myself first of all a traveler, someone who has learned to take photographs out of the desire to share what he has seen and the experiences he has lived. I love portraying people who follow the traditional lifestyle, I collect tribal art, I consider myself a failed anthropologist and I love basketball. All this flows into my photographs.
Why do you travel and photograph your journeys?
Because the hard disk is a better backup system of the brain (and sometimes of the heart too).
What is your favourite thing or item to photograph
Ethnic minorities following the traditional lifestyle.
What’s your go-to travel hack?
In my smartphone I have many of my photos divided by albums, ready to show them to talk about my travels and also to make a possible subject understand that photos are something beautiful and not harmful.
Got any gear you can’t travel without?
Not really, I think of myself of more an instinctive than a technical photographer, I could take the same photographs with other cameras or gear. The only important thing to bring is the alignment of eye, head and heart.
What destination are you eager to go back to?
Where local people are still genuine, not spoiled by tourism and travellers.
How do you stay safe when you’re travelling?
Low profile, and take the camera out of the backpack only when it’s time to take pictures, not earlier.
What’s the best way to experience a destination like a local?
To be alone or in a very small group, so you are forced to interact. If you travel with a large group of compatriots or westerners, you are not really getting out of your mentality.
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When and where are you next travelling?
Next month to Reunion Island, with a short stop to Paris.