I love photographing people and I’ve never had a problem moving in 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 like 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 hide and show our emotions. More than anything I try to 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 I let the subject dictate what we get.