About the Book
These shots were taken on the streets of Los Angeles, Palm Springs, Getxo, San Sebastián, Barcelona, Berlin and New York. Whenever I travel, I am fascinated by the people I pass. For me, travel is never just a way of getting from A to B. It is a series of encounters with other people. I look at them, and they sometimes look back at me, and then we move on, perhaps never to meet again. This sense of encounter is only heightened when I travel overseas. I want to record these moments and the fact that I am a total stranger who is just passing through gives me a special sense of freedom in doing so.
So, I have developed my own approach to street photography. It's not a complicated thing, but I hope it gives my shots a different feel. I don't do anything to hide the fact I am taking photographs, but I also don't seek permission before I shoot. There is usually a chance the people I am photographing will notice that some stranger is targeting them for a shot. This doesn't always actually happen. It depends on distances and angles, as well as people's own awareness of the world around them. It's all spontaneous and even though I am the one framing the shot, it is something I can't completely control. My camera doesn't just record the moment, it potentially becomes part of the encounter.