Your images are full of spontaneous, beautiful, weird daily situations. I´ve seen you going really straight forward capturing people in any situations.Do people sometimes get mad at you for shooting them?
Thank you for saying that. I try and layer my images with multiple stories and people placed throughout the frame. Last week a guy grabed and pushed me around at a vegetable market. He eventually calmed down, but it took a minute. I had another incident this year in Cologne. A turkish guy got super pissed, and he was only in the background of a photo of someone else. I stay alert and ready and don’t use headphones in dangerous areas. I am always checking my back. South America really helped me increase my awareness around myself.
In Athens you got up every morning around 7am to capture images in the streets. Around 1pm you came back and went straight to a filming mission with us far into the night. So i guess this time shedule helped you to loose half your weight?
I lost my weight before that. But it defiantly helps me to stay in shape. Walking around in the cities every day makes you eat and try a lot of different street food. So walking, skating, biking, dancing all day helps me stay skinny. When I am in a new city, I cannot sit still. From my personal experience, I know the moments can happen all the time, anywhere and anything. You have to be outside a majority of the time to capture the right moments.
The political situation in athens is basically as fucked as it can be and like our taxi driver said „if things doesn‘t get better soon, there will be a civil war“. What was your experience about the situation there?
I could see, that they were hurting. Lots of closed down businesses. Lots of imbalance. The refugee situation from the middle east is only adding that much more pressure. That being said, the people are still generally happy in my experience. I want to go back, sooner than later. It is for sure one of my favorite places in Europe.
You filmed a lot of things with Mario and i know there´s a plan to release a part of him soon. When can we expect to see it?
I have had the good fortune to visit 12 countries with Mario throughout the last 5 years. We are waiting for some last minute footage and a good way to release the part and we will make it. This is our 4th part together.
Mario is known for being really picky about his coverage. How do you like filming with him?
I like filming with him a lot. He can get stressed out, but so do most people. He is for sure one of my best friends. We have our ups and downs like every relationship. Especially, when you are on the road so much. And we are both crazy guys in some respects.