I never formally studied photography. My inborn ethnographic interest led me to focus on people and their emotions. What intrigues me most is how ordinary people, living in poor conditions, never seem to loose their optimism, dignity or ‘savoir vivre’. Faces, eyes, hands and people in motion are my favorite photo objects. I prefer my photos to be 'as finished as possible' while taking them, limiting digital manipulation to aesthetic retouching. Approaching people in a respectful manner when taking photographs is top priority for me. As organizer of walking holidays I travelled a lot in very different authentic communities and cultures, sometimes even entering into uncomfortable situations. So I developed my talent to get close to people. In the many impromptu portraits of people I meet along the way I'm not interested in creating a kind of cabinet of curiosities, but I try to catch them unaware, pure and honest, preferably when they are entranced in their own thoughts.