Taking pictures for me is a way to peep into people’s lives, like reading their daily diary, sharing moments of their lives. My interest has been in people. People in moments of capitulation and despair – such moments are for me like visualisations of held breath.
I grounded this interest first through by drawing and painting portraits often in the streets and later in photography. The immediacy of photography offered me a way of capturing the ‘extraordinary ordinary’ moments which Stanislavsky called public solitude. For me the ordinary is extraordinary and compels me to share it.
Travelling into the sprawls of newly urbanised areas, I have often been photographing people who live in zones at the edges of cities. These ‘non-citizens’ who subsist in areas in transition, are vulnerable and have little voice.
Since winter 2010 onwards, I have been travelling frequently around various countries and often encounter vastly different cultures and ways of life, which has developed my impulse to photograph people through experiencing similar kinds of connection that I had in my own country – and that we call taaluq – the empathic connection.