All of your images seem to be very carefully arranged, why is that?
"Yes, I love details and sometimes I need five or six hours to take one photo. In one project I worked on, there were a few photos that took a whole day to shoot. Everything you see is real, but the picture is really pushed to the limit of reality sometimes. I don't do a lot of post-production but I do a lot of pre-production."
How do you find the ideal subjects for your photographs?
"For my first big project, CouchSurfing, I found all the people through the couchsurfing.com website. I then found subjects for two other projects via the couchsurfers I met. For all my other projects, I have usually found people after doing a lot of research on the internet, using Instagram, Facebook and other social platforms. Sometimes I write a post on my social channels asking for help. It's a sort of virtual casting."
What's your process for getting to know your subjects before a shoot?
"I like to sit down with them to drink a beer, talk and make some jokes, because I need to know something about a person before I'm able to take their portrait. I need to have some elements or clues about them, so I can put those things in the picture. After a while, when we feel comfortable together, I start taking photos."
How do you light your subjects?
"Most of the time, I combine natural light with flash light. I almost never shoot with completely natural light; I carry six or seven Speedlites in my backpack and 90% of the time I use at least one of them. I sometimes supplement the flash light with small LEDs."