I started street photography almost as soon as I got into photography itself, but it really started the day I left home for my first big trip in Asia. There were so many funny or interesting things going on in the street that I started spending hours wandering in cities just to find them.
Where are you from and where do you shoot most often?
I’m from Brussels, Belgium but I almost never shoot in my country due to a lack of time. I mainly shoot street photography while traveling as I have more time to wander in the streets.
The atmosphere is also different when you’re traveling: you are not as stressed as back home, you have more time, you are happier,…it makes things more enjoyable for street photography (well, at least for me).
I really like this image:
Can you tell me a little about it?
This picture was taken in Udaipur, India in 2007 during a 6 months trip in Asia. I was walking in the streets when I met 2 boys. They wanted to show me the city from the roofs. When I saw them waving to their cousin on the roof next door, I realized I could see the shadow as well and that it would make a nice shot. It’s one of the first pictures I was happy of.
What do you think makes a good portrait?
Well, honestly, I don’t know! I’m not looking for something in particular when I shoot a portrait. If I find the face interesting I take the picture, that’s more or less it.
What has street photography taught you?
It pushed me to travel more and more, to visit a country in a different way. I started to realize that the most interesting part about traveling isn’t visiting monuments like Taj Mahal or Eiffel Tower, but observing the everyday life in the street. It teaches you much more about a culture or a country than a museum could.
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