Seb is a french guy living in London. He moved in London to get more opportunities for his carrier as an actor. I met him in 2015 and a week after we became friends, he was diagnosed Multiple Sclerosis. I’ve seen all the process of his suffering right beside him. I learned that the essence of pain is too complex and private to be captured at a glance. Seb was a turning point of my works capturing the momentary impressions from street people. Instead, I started recording Seb’s words, drawing him with deep conversations, and conducting interviews.
After those works with Seb, I wanted to focus on personal stories of sick people and paint observational portraits of them.
It was the way how “Five guys portraits” started with long term observation and private interviews.