Hi Darren! First of all thank you so much for your kind words!
For me the most important part of being a photographer used to be the power to curate the world and keep it in a negative. Those pictures were something “everlasting” and were highly valuable because of the uniqueness. Not so long ago, doing a picture was something almost magic, something that not every one can do. That changed.
Now as Baitello said, we live in a iconophagic era, the quantity of images we see everyday is absurd, and nothing is made to last, but to be consume and destroy in a very short period of time.
So why do a photographer is still taking pictures? Inspired but Stephen Shore, I think that photographs are an answer to the photographers personal question. It can be a non-verbal question, an aesthetic one, a cultural one. And that’s why I take pictures, because I have a massive curiosity about the world I am surrounded by,
For the second question, I think its about empathy. Because I am a VERY VERY shy person, its easy for me to help people who feel nervous or anxious in front of the camera. Its also a question of control, passion and experience. I have been doing photographs for more than 10 years, so I am confident about my work, and I try to make others feel like they can trust me (because they can!)
Also I am truly fascinated by people and I think this is sooooo important, because if you honestly love the person you have in front of you, they are going to enjoy it.
Thanks again for your message :)