Pascal Mannaerts was born in Brussels in 1978. He has been interested in travel and discovering new horizons since childhood and began his studies in law at the UniversitÃ© Libre de Bruxelles, which led him to work with refugees in Belgium. An artist from a very young age, it was on his first backpacker trips as a student that he truly discovered photography, which testified to the encounters and exchanges he experienced along the way. It served as a way for him to share his discoveries and immortalise them. In the year 2000, he went to India for the first time, with his first reflex camera. India triggered something inside him, and he was to return there again and again. After his studies, he embarked on his first year-long journey, through India and Southeast Asia. An inveterate backpacker, for over 15 years, he is a regular globetrotter, bringing back powerful images that people can identify with. His many journeys have also led him to Asia, Africa and Latin America, to the Maghreb and the Middle East. As a self-taught photographer, he mainly learned photography on the road, through his curiosity and taste for originality and spontaneity. His work reflects this desire for communion, a certain curiosity for life, an appetite for encounters and the magic binding it all together of his photos have been published by GÃ©o, Lonely Planet, the Guide du Routard, the Maison des Indes and in several travel magazines in Europe.