This Blog . . The What and The Why
The WHAT . . This is a blog about everyday people, those that you and I meet in the course of daily life. It combines some snippet of their lives with what is, hopefully, powerful portrait imagery. I hope it will be a reflection of people and life. I have no specific plan for updating this blog, but will visit it when the moment seizes me and the universe places in my path someone interesting, inspirational or Just Cool.
The WHY . . . I need a personal project. My client work is interesting but often scripted and formulaic. Clients are paying for a product, so there is less opportunity to explore and take risks. Sometimes you learn more when it’s OK to make a mistake.
The INSPIRATION . . .Let’s be honest, this is not a unique idea. I’ve taken inspiration for this project from many others. I’m a sucker for human interest stories. I can’t get enough of Steve Hartman’s series “Everybody Has a Story”, the premise of which is that all of us, even the seemingly mundane, have something that makes us interesting and unique. I’m inspired by “Humans of New York” and “Portraits of America”, posts that frequently appear in my Facebook feed. I devoured the Gregory Heisler’s “50 Portraits: Stories and Techniques from a Photographer’s Photographer”, where he unveils the techniques he uses and the stories behind the portrait sessions with his famous subjects.
The GOAL . . The underlying goal of this blog is twofold : First, to share a story, and second to improve as a portrait photographer. I’m hoping each story resonates with someone who reads it or just provides a moment of daily inspiration or levity. My father was the most social person I’ve ever met, and he believed that we all have some commonality in our lives. If you talk to someone long enough, you will find a connection that bonds. I’m hoping to uncover the bonds within this community.
Secondly, as a photographer in a digital age, I am a chronic over-shooter, mindlessly clicking the shutter because it costs nothing. But in reality, it costs me a lot – time spent reviewing and culling images. My goal is to photograph my subjects more mindfully, once a necessity with film photography. When photographing my subjects for this project, I’ve set a rule – I will use the equivalent of only one roll of film (24 frames or less), with a careful eye on lighting, composition, and most importantly, my subject. And hopefully this mindfulness will become a habit it all my sessions.
That about explains it all. Thank you for tuning in, and please feel free to leave comments. That connection between All of Us is what this is about.