For over ten years, I have been travelling around the world with my camera shooting people and places. In the process of total immersion in the culture of every region or country I discover, I try to portray the Human in my photographic works, through photographs which tend to open a dialogue, arouse emotions and questions.
I have assembled here a collection of pictures that I took here and there of people at their home, their place, their surroundings, as they came to me, when I went to them, to meet them. Each picture is a witness of the "face to face" that happened between this person, me, and the eye of my camera. Enjoy the ballad and share the beauty of our world and its people!
Banfora, Burkina Faso
"There is no house more beautiful than the house you happily live in," - Mehmet Murat Ildan.
“Home is the nicest word there is,” - Laura Ingalls Wilder.
“Where we love is home, home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts,” - Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.
Khövsgöl Aimag, Mongolia
“I don't care if we have our house, or a cliff ledge, or a cardboard box. Home is wherever we all are, together,” - James Patterson.
"Home isn't a place, it's a feeling," - Cecelia Ahern.
"A smile is the universal welcome," - Max Eastman
“Travel does not exist without home... If we never return to the place we started, we would just be wandering, lost. Home is a reflecting surface, a place to measure our growth and enrich us after being infused with the outside world,” - Josh Gates.
“For the two of us, home isn't a place. It is a person. And we are finally home,” - Stephanie Perkins, Anna and the French Kiss.
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
"A house doesn't become a home until love moves in," - Faraaz Kazi.
“Nature is not a place to visit. It is home,” - Gary Snyder.
“Home is everything you can walk to,” - Jerry Spinelli.
“Home isn't where you're from, it's where you find light when all grows dark,” - Pierce Brown.
"A man can build a home but it needs a woman to run a home," - Amit Kalantri.
"As you are here and now, you are unique. You are never the same. You will never be the same. Like you are now, you’ve never been. You’ll be no more," - Swami Prajnanpad.
“If light is in your heart you will find your way home,” - Jalaluddin Rumi.
“Home is people. Not a place. If you go back there after the people are gone, then all you can see is what is not there anymore,” - Robin Hobb, Fool's Fate.
"If a temple, a symbol, a house, an image helps you to realize the divinity in you, go to it. Choose then two hundred images if you want. Choose all forms, all the temples, all the ceremonies you want to get close to yourself, to your own place and your own God," - Swami Vivekananda.
“Home is anywhere that you know all your friends and all your enemies,” - Orson Scott Card.
"A little happy house is the strongest castle in this whole universe!" - Mehmet Murat Ildan.
Bethleem, Palestinian Occupied Territories
“Home's where you go when you run out of homes,” - John le Carré.
“Everybody has a home team: it’s the people you call when you get a flat tire or when something terrible happens. It’s the people who, near or far, know everything that’s wrong with you and love you anyways. These are the ones who tell you their secrets, who get themselves a glass of water without asking when they’re at your house. These are the people who cry when you cry. These are your people, your middle-of-the-night, no-matter-what people,” - Shauna Niequist.
“A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it,”- George Moore.
"When your time comes to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song, and die like a hero going home," - Tecumseh.
"Home is where everyone starts from," - T. S. Eliot.
Mursi Village, Omo Valley, Ethiopia
“The ornament of a house is the friends who frequent it,” - Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Wadi Musa, Jordan
“One never reaches home,' she said. 'But where paths that have an affinity for each other intersect, the whole world looks like home, for a time,” - Hermann Hesse.
“The ache for home lives in all of us. The safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned,” - Maya Angelou.
"Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home," - Matsuo Basho.
"The real beauty of a house is always the happiness inside that house!" - Mehmet Murat Ildan.
Village Near Adam’s Bridge, India
Cemoro Lawang, Indonesia
"The road that goes to your own house is always a hopeful road!" - Mehmet Murat Ildan.
“I used to dream about escaping my ordinary life, but my life was never ordinary. I had simply failed to notice how extraordinary it was. Likewise, I never imagined that home might be something I would miss,” - Ransom Riggs.