I was born in the Comoros Islands to a Comorian father and a Vietnamese-Yemenite Mother and have been living in Paris, France, almost my whole adult life (1+ year in London).
Slowly, I am trying to build a series of photos that could be the scenes from an ongoing movie shot all over the world. A movie that would show how different characters in different countries share the same humanity and the same roots, often unbeknownst to them.
And in fact, Edouard Glissant, a trail blazing French author, states that we should not think in terms or roots, but rather in terms of rhizomes: we all share intricate but often invisible links. In my work, I try to make those links more obvious.
Amazing artists such as Vermeer, Rembrandt, Steve McCurry, David Alan Harvey, Alex Webb, and many others inspire me by the power of their messages hidden in their seemingly mere aesthetic works.
The very classic composition of my photos, shot using existing natural or urban lighting, is a very conscious choice: it’ a way to make my work more accessible, including to the people I shoot.
When I’m not shooting, I run Goshaba, an HR Tech company that tries to make a more inclusive world through the use of cognitive science and video games.