How does the lack of electricity affect people's daily lives?
"Some people have no lighting, so they cannot work after dark and children cannot study. People might go to hospital and find nothing is working. There's a lack of security and people in villages stay at home after dark because they are afraid of wild animals. It also causes problems with people's jobs. For example, people who work in small factories have to stop work for one or two days because there is no electricity due to power outages.
"There are different dangers caused by the lack of electricity. One is pollution, because people use paraffin lamps that produce toxic fumes. There are also lots of domestic fires from people knocking lamps over."
Was it difficult to get backing to shoot the project?
"I tried asking different magazines about doing the story, but they thought shooting a photography story without light could be quite challenging, or it would be boring. Only one magazine, Le Figaro, said, 'Let's try it'. I started working in Benin and I tried to convince them about the importance of the story, but I couldn't. Finally I got a grant from the French Development Agency, so I was able to continue with the story."