Here is the first ‘Human of the E.U.’: Jose. I met Jose in the midst of my frantic start with this project: I had this amazing (I thought at least) idea of taking photos of people working for the E.U., I was eager to tell their stories, I had bought a brand new Canon camera to take the closest look to professional photos, all I needed now was: humans willing to be photographed.
Tell you what – not everyone is eager to be photographed and let alone eager to have their story captured and told on social media. I guess it has something to do with being the humble individual behind the grey facade, discretely doing their part for Europe and not willing to reveal too much – but hey, this is exactly what we are trying to overcome here.
I found Jose to be a warm, agreeable man : simple, not in his ideas but in his gestures and in his energy. We mostly talked about his positive outlook on life, his daily tasks and a lot about the fact that we both missed Mediterranean weather.
15:47 . “I do miss the weather back home. Because the weather is horrible here. That was probably the toughest challenge I had to go through when moving here. It still is very, very tough. “(He laughs)
(Jose works at the diffusion service of the European Parliament, in charge of distributing documents to members of the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium. He is from Portugal.)
“- I have been working here for more than 11 years now. It’s a fairly straightforward job, I know my tasks and I like them. It still find it very motivating, because although the job itself remains the same, the people never do. There is an incredible flow of people in this House and that is truly exciting.
– Every plenary session is different. Every vote is different. Every document is different. – And the people. Again in 5 years time there will be a whole new set of people here. Can you imagine?”