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My name is Joseph Thiéry
I come from a small village in France
in le Morvan region.
Since 2008 I have been living in Southeast Asia.
When I take photographs,
in a way,
It invades people privacy.
Being nice and grateful is a way
to show my appreciation and respect
for the shot they let me have.
Most of the time,
we walk by unaware
of all the beauty that surrounds us.
Photographing is for me
a way to keep focus,
to be aware
and appreciate simple things.
We have responsibility in what happens around us.
Mainstream media and news especially
play on fear and sensationalism,
ask superficial questions
And do not provide meaningful analysis.
We cannot solve a problem
On the same level of understanding
as where the problem originated from.
As a result, society isolate (marginalize) individuals it doesn’t understand.
It create more conflicts (it multiplies problems)
Unifying rather than polarizing
seems to me a better approach.
As a photographer, I try to convey
that everyone is important and beautiful.
Life is beautiful and precious if we give it
a close look (from a certain distance).
Once experienced, love follows.
I try to capture and share these feelings.