“My dad’s family originally comes from Italy, and from an early age, I always knew that we were "migrants" somehow. Since my parents were considered “expats” for many years and me and my sisters grew up abroad, travelling and being outside France was seen as normal and “pretty cool.” As a young adult I first moved to Spain in 2003 for a year, following a woman there. Then I became a press photographer and I travelled the world, eventually settling in Hungary for four years. I then decided to move back to Paris but soon left for Amsterdam, where I am currently based.
I really love this city. I immediately felt at home. I felt good. This city is so pretty, so small, so easy to discover and people were extremely friendly. People are friendly, maybe because they consider me as a "highly-skilled migrant". I just hope an asylum seeker will have the same treatment that I received when I arrived.
Of course, I miss France's diversity, especially Paris’s multicultural environment where I can see people of different colours, background and languages.
I think people have a pretty strong opinion about French people, the way we are, the way we think, or speak. So yes, I definitely played the ‘frenchy’ card when I arrived in Amsterdam. Dutch people are friendly but they are not really used to have someone ‘pushy’ when having a conversation. Being French was a good excuse for me to keep being direct and asking questions.
Dutch and French people are different but I am not sure we can talk about a “mix of cultures” neither. Diversity is to me a fact, not something to discuss. Different origins, background, cultures are making us better; Better citizens, better women and men.
I am working as a photojournalist, and I would be happy if I could help make the public aware of what's going on in the world, and help showcase stories that impact humanity. I want to open people’ eyes.
My country, France, is not doing well now. And I’m ashamed to see what is currently happening with the refugees and migrants there. I believe France is great because we are all coming from lots of different parts of the world, and that's what makes France so great!
At the end of the day, Amsterdam is home for me now. When I was living in Spain 12 years ago, I felt as if I was in exile. I didn't have much money and I was often alone and it was really painful to stay there somehow. Now, I can say I am a lucky man. I feel at home.”