The story is in the face
I like stories. When I photograph people I like to talk to them before, during and after the pictures are taken. I want to know about them, their lives and their families. I am often surprised at how candid people are despite having only just met me and the unlikelihood of our paths crossing again, although this may be what makes them speak so freely. They often have questions for me too. I like to capture them in "ordinary" yet rich moments, for example Bilone sitting with her grandson or Putula joking about wanting payment in dollars. It is in these moments that their faces reveal their story and character. I think of the picture as the end product or memory of an encounter. If I return to a city, I often look for some of the people I photographed, to speak to them again, perhaps to hand them a picture and to hear the next part of their story.