In 2022, you photographed the massacre in Bucha, a city north-west of Kyiv, Ukraine. Can you tell us about that experience?
"The soldiers had only just left when I got in. More than 500 people had been killed during the occupation. We found corpses on the streets, inside cars, in gardens, houses. It was difficult, and it was a challenge to cover."
That must be hard for someone with a sociology background – to want to be able to digest things, in a situation where events are moving extremely rapidly and there just isn't time?
"Yes, there's a contradiction. People care most about things when they've just happened – breaking news is what gets attention. You need time to know and understand the details, and by then that attention is partially lost."
You are also Editor-in-Chief at Sonda Internacional, a non-profit media organisation focusing on climate. Is part of your mission to keep the climate crisis in the global conversation?
"That's one of the goals – but the main aim is to produce visual journalism on the climate crisis. We decided to create Sonda because we considered that in visual terms, we aren't seeing the consequences of the crisis. We read the investigations by scientists, we get a lot of information every day, but it's difficult to see the consequences because it's a gradual problem. That's our challenge – to create powerful visuals of the climate crisis."
So much of what you photograph is extremely hard-hitting, it must take a toll. How do you look after yourself mentally?
"It helps to believe that what you're doing is worth it. That the story you're working on is worth something. I would suffer a lot more if I were just a passive viewer, watching the situation and unable to do anything about it. It helps to feel that what I'm doing is worth the process."