Street Person #1, 8_75

Environmental Portrait

When I photograph people, I rarely "suggest" a certain frame of mind, nor coach how to position their bodies. The photographs which speak to me the most are at the moment in which the person is just discovering my camera.  They have not yet formed an opinion, nor an emotion; it is when they are the most open.  Neither vulnerable, nor resilient, they reveal a platitude, or a serenity, or an impulse that is welded to their very core.  Those moments are fleeting, since they become self-conscious very shortly thereafter.