I have to say, without any doubt, that the greatest treasure that I bring with me from each one of my trips is the affection of many of the people with whom I meet along the way.
Clearly, all those pictures that back home do materialise in books, exhibitions and awards are extremely valuable to me; but none of this compares to the feeling of well-being that gives me the fact of connecting, even only for a few minutes, with wonderful people, people who can be happy with very little and that with his kindness and warmth always leave an indelible mark on my heart.
I often hear positive comments about my work, pointing in particular at the capacity I have to transmit emotions through my photographs. And I try to explain that the key to this is to look around you with a wide open soul and to share it with the people that you get the chance to meet.
In many occasions, when I stop to chat with someone, we don't even speak the same language.....but I can assure you that the one of kindness and courtesy is universal. As in the case of these images that I share with you today. During a car ride traveling through Tibet we came across this lovely old woman in the middle of nowhere. I indicated to the driver to stop immediately and I got off the vehicle with a big smile on my face, anticipating the excitement I would feel being able to share a bit of my time with someone as special as her. And I was right!!! It was an absolutely adorable woman, full of love and positive energy (despite such harsh and adverse circumstances surrounding her world), with a tremendous enthusiasm to be able to communicate with me and show me her affection. It was an endearing moment, like so many others that I have the immense privilege to live in the company of my cameras....moments that reaffirm me on my passion for travel photography and greatly enrich my heart.