.I am an introvert, something I have come to recognize about myself over the last, oh, 10 years or so. I thought maybe I was odd or out of place but I think this is mostly due to society expecting us to be extroverts. Being an introvert does not mean I am a recluse, by any means whatsoever, but it does mean I have difficulty establishing an easy report with persons and thereby subjects quickly, if ever. Lacking a report can and does hamper photography, particularly when in an intimate or one-on-one setting like portraiture.
So, I began challenging myself to make better, more interesting photos... Portraits. The most challenging of photography styles for me. They are, or should be, an honest exchange between subject and photographer and making pictures that tell the subject's story with just expressions on their face, along with the lines, wrinkles, crinkles, smiles, and eyes.... And so launched a simple project to capture people, both friends and strangers, without sets and props. Just the person. Here is my journey, so far, and more will be added as I continue capturing persons and their small stories. Snippets of their lives.
I hope you see the person in these photographs, that you feel something, perhaps a sense of kinship or empathy. That is the goal here; to feel something when you look at these, when you actually see the person as they are.
Take a moment to see each person by clicking on each photograph to open it in a 'lightbox' display. Then read their short description, only the barest glimmer of the person themselves.