I love photographing people and I’ve never had a problem getting close. Environmental portraits are not what I’m after—I look to fill the frame with the person’s face. I’m interested in the texture of skin, beards, ornamentation natural props and most of all the eyes. I’ve almost never been paid to make a portrait so I’ve been free to sit on a sand dune with my subject, or walk deep into a jungle or wade in a river with them. Faces are mysterious—they both hide and show our emotions. More than anything they capture a brief moment when two or more people connect and together make a photograph, for a portrait is not made solely by the photographer. The making of a portrait is a shared process, often informal, sometimes antagonistic, and it is an unspoken social contract between the subject and the photographer.
I look for cadence with grace and drama and then let the subject dictate what we get.