Street portraits are my favourite genre. Street portraits are photos of strangers in their natural environment. The models know that they are being photographed and they can present themselves the way they like. To get good and natural photos, it is important to establish kind of a relationship first and to gain their trust.
What I like about street portraiture is that I am pushed to talk to unknown people. Photography helps me to communicate with people in the countries I visit. I remember for each of the photos where I took them and how it happened. On that subject, see also my photo book Strangers in the Street.
The exhibition photos are for sale. The proceeds will contribute to an ETM project building a carpenter’s workshop to get underprivileged young people in Kenya onto their own feet. ETM is the charitable NGO of the European Commission's Joint Research Centre, where I worked for 23 years. 100% of ETM money collected goes to benefit concrete objects in well-selected and monitored projects.
The exhibition goes from 10 to 28 February 2020. The exhibition room is the JRC's Cafeteria. While not being a picture gallery, the Cafeteria is the place where the largest number of people pass by.