Formerly an editor and now a photojournalist, Anissa combines her love of photography with writing and anything creative. Living in Munich until who knows when, the French expat also has a penchant for small realities, from urban to human exploration.
You write about art and culture for amexessentials.com. What most inspires you about your subjects?
People driven by a passion. Places, things that make me feel something. They all have a story to share, and it doesn’t have to be part of a trend to be worth telling.
What kind of details do you look for?
Just like with photography, I like to search for the ones that are not what they seem to be at first sight, details that suggest the presence of a ‘world inside a world’.
What’s the next big thing?
It can be anything anytime now. I suppose we just need to keep our eyes wide open.
What social media channel inspires you most and why?
Putting aside the filters madness, Instagram remains my favourite. Exchanging visual content sometimes leads to genuine connections built with people in different parts of the world.
What website do you check first every day?
Byte.fm so I can put some music on while dragging myself into the kitchen to make breakfast.
How do you relax?
Friends, tunes, wine, a good book on the train – the options are numerous!
Film or TV?
I believe they kind of complement each other, but TV series tend to allow the characters evolve and gain more depth throughout the episodes – all this while keeping me hooked – something I won’t always experience with films.
Books or ebooks?
Nothing beats the convenience of ebooks, yet I’m pretty fond of paper books. Sure they pile up in my flat and make my bag heavier than it should be, but I can’t help buying them.
Wine or beer?
Sorry Germany, your beers are awesome, but wine will always be the one for me.
I would say Lapland during the midnight sun. One easily loses track of time – and sleep – while hiking, eating in the middle of the night, all this surrounded by incredible sceneries of constant daylight.
Your secret travel tip?
Make room for the unexpected, and spend more time with locals than monuments. Some might call it slow travel; I see it more as having the freedom to learn from people along the way and not limit yourself to what you think you know before visiting a new place – the reality is usually quite the contrary.
Your three travel essentials?
My camera, some paper and an open mind.