The street portrait is a kind of alchemy. A brief encounter sometimes allows for the powerful transmission of emotion.
We have many such encounters during our days. We rarely remember them but the photograph gives us an opportunity to examine these moments in greater detail.
New Orleans, 2006.
Sometimes what we leave out of a portrait is more important than what we leave in.
Not all portraits contain or consist of faces. A portrait should strive to capture something deeper than mere identification; it should give us a feeling that we are inhabiting the emotional space the subject and photographer shared at the moment the photograph was created.
A traditional song festival in Brittany.
So we work as hard [...]
While it may be true that “if your photos aren’t good enough you’re not getting close enough” we should never fall pray to the idea that proximity is a substitute for intimacy.
Pentecostal church service, Barcelona
Sometimes the two are linked, often they are not. Intimacy, not closeness, should be what we are searching for. A [...]
The most difficult thing for me is a portrait. You have to try and put your camera between the skin of a person and his shirt. – Henri Cartier-Bresson , Photography Year 1980, LIFE Library of Photography , Page: 27
Marine Corps training ground.
It might be too far to say that every photograph is a [...]
I’m a man of many interests. Or you can say I’m easily distracted. Either way I’ve got other stuff going on than just photography!
I do more than take pretty pictures all day.
I maintain a couple of other blogs where I try and share some of the opportunities that come across my screen. At fellowshiplist.blogspot.com [...]
Far too many people believe that being creative is something you’re simply born with, or at least learn at an early age. There are lots of adults walking around with slumped shoulders believing that they must be content with a life that consists primarily of drudgery.
It makes sense that our society would have [...]
The past year has done much to show Americans how far we have to go to create a truly equal society. It’s not that we haven’t made strides because we have. However we do not have the luxury to rest, happy in the belief that we have overcome.
More than an icon
Today America honors one [...]
When I moved to Indonesia a few days before my 22nd birthday I had a one way ticket and about $400 to my name. I was going to the other side of the world and didn’t plan on looking back.
Sure I had traveled to Rwanda but this time I was getting on that plane alone. [...]
Rwanda also helped open my eyes to the fact that few places, no matter how notorious, are anything like what you’ve read and heard about them. You need to go and to live in a place to really understand it. I found some of the most lovely people I’ve ever met in a place known primarily for [...]