Following the rhythm of the nomad
After spending years embedded in remote communities around the world, Alessandra's priority remains to work with sensitivity, fading into the background rather than disrupting the flow of day-to-day life.
"It's very important to follow the rhythm of the nomad," she says. "I never say, 'Now we do this, now we do that, I need this picture,' I just do it when they have time. Sometimes, I ask people to pause because I want to take a picture, but I never want to change the way they are living their lives."
Returning to the same families in Altai over the years has allowed Alessandra to see the girls grow up, and she stays in touch with them online. "I love that when you travel, you make these sort of friendships," she says. "Photography is important, but to be part of the family is more important. To understand the culture, to make friends, to go with your heart – it's like you have left a good footprint."