How would you explain your style to someone who has never seen your work?
"I don't have rules, so every image can be different. The most important thing for me is that the image is layered – not necessarily in composition, but layered in the way you can interpret it. I often do this by capturing an atmosphere."
Your projects can last for months, what do you pack?
"It all depends on the country I'm visiting, so I customise clothing with respect for the culture, and pack good shoes, two hard drives and my camera equipment. I will always double-check my camera equipment before leaving."
What are you looking for in the people you approach to photograph?
"I walk around a lot (hours and hours, kilometre after kilometre) to look for people I feel attracted to or fascinated by. I just need to 'feel' them; they need to make me curious about their lives by the way they walk, move, look, laugh, not laugh…"
Why do you photograph mostly at night?
"I don't really feel inspired by the day. It's the darkness and the light of the night that attracts me. At night, the atmosphere is different and people change a bit – the mask of the day falls off."
Is there anything you feel photographers new to the genre sometimes overlook?
"Do not look at the people you photograph as 'the other'. I find it important to create a relationship with the people I photograph – that relationship often defines my projects."