I am a self-taught photographer. My 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 and 'savoir vivre'. It is my aspiration to capture their underlying dreams, expectations and feelings in portraits that arouse questions about the human condition. I prefer my photos to be 'as finished as possible' while taking them, limiting digital manipulation to aesthetic retouching.