Was there a particular story or incident that sparked your interest in photojournalism?
Yes. A newspaper in England sent me on assignment to Afghanistan, and it was a shock, since it was the first time I‘d travelled in that part of the world. And I decided: this is the kind of country and the kind of people I would like to see in my pictures: people with stories who have been through conflicts; people who decide to fight for something.
In the film, you mention being drawn to people who come to that point in their lives where they say: I’m going to fight.
Yes. Those are the people who fascinate me: people who say, I don’t want to be a victim anymore. Like this guy (featured in the film) in South Sudan. They decide to take the future in their hands, to protect themselves. So instead of just taking on the bad, they decide: I will care for myself now.
For example, I went to do a story on the pirates in Somalia. Everybody said these are horrible, dangerous people. And then you meet with them and learn about their lives and the struggles they face, and suddenly the picture of them changes; it’s more complex than just black and white.