Attracted by the age of 20 years by the world of photography, legacy of my father himself passionate, my engineering background CNAM yet leads me to perform a job far away from my passion. Manager of industrial companies for more than thirty years, including four years in Nigeria, it was not until 60 years, free of these constraints becoming too distant from the values that I carry, I decided to live my passion ... . Becoming a professional photographer
Self-taught, I followed all these years various courses with varying degrees of success regarding these choices.
My passion: the scenes of life, people, especially in Asia.
During my travels, I build myself a photographic universe of encounters and sharing where I finally can express my feelings.
Regarding Vietnam, accompanied by my father-in-law of Vietnamese origin, I made, in recent years, several trips in this country, the last in 2015.
My aim : to get off the beaten track and discover something else than "Halong Bay” and other touristic places
Concerning my project itself.
It all started running in 2015, when a friend of mine asked me to host a week-long Vietnamese sister who accompanied a group of children from an orphans in Kontum. These days, spent with the sister and the children, have strongly touched me about the life of this people I did not know and that is totally absent from all tourist and other works.
The Bahnars are one of Vietnam's population living mainly in the central highlands, pretty little tourist area of the Tay Nguyen region, ie the central provinces Gia Lai and Kontum. They come from the “Montagnard” people and now number about 150,000.
They are simple people, who live in a poverty that is not suspected in Vietnam, but which does not encroach on their dignity and their pride of being mountain people. They are rich in traditions, the forest is their environment. I hope that this people will pass through time without losing its customs and traditions ...
I want to go to meet them in order to create a book about their lives, their difficulties and injustices they suffer daily (80% and 20% Pictures Text in French, Vietnamese, and English Bahnar) I think that this could be useful in recognition of this forgotten ethnic group.
For sure, it is understood that this book would be done for humanitarian purposes and that I expect, for my part, no financial return.
Other Vietnamese ethnic groups are also suffering but they have a tourist recognition which, I think, tends to protect them.