Mustafah Abdulaziz | firstname.lastname@example.org | Youth, drugs, skating, Monticello, Upstate New York
Robert August | email@example.com | robertaugust.net
Matthew Craig | firstname.lastname@example.org |
Julius Metoyer | email@example.com | City of Angels, California.
Sean Flanigan | firstname.lastname@example.org | Seattle, WA, USA
October 20th, 2008 at 3:31 pm
Beautiful collection this week! Love the skate park! I am curious, how do you approach strangers to shoot them?
October 20th, 2008 at 7:21 pm
Wow, all around.
October 22nd, 2008 at 1:07 pm
@calvin: every situation varies but there has to be a consistent projection of oneself in order to put strangers at ease as quickly as possible. whether an assignment or shooting a portrait on the street, that projection has to remain. it’s what will define you to your subject and determine how much of themselves they will be willing to share.
i try to talk about everything except photographs, and if i do, i’ll not linger on it. i’m there to photograph them and what’s more interesting is what they’re doing, where they’re from, their lives, etc.
i’ve found that if you have to spend any time talking about yourself, make it brief. this is about the photograph. the approach has to be quick and honest.
October 22nd, 2008 at 1:29 pm
@calvin: i want to echo what mustafah has said above.. but chime in on a few other points. there is a time and place for great first impressions, but there is also a time to shoot first ask second. Some portraits come alive once you are able to sit and talk with your subject.. details will be revealed that you never would have come across from running and gunning.
on the flip side.. gesture, body language, posture etc will absolutely MAKE a photograph. we deal with 1/125th of a second, and the only constant with subjects is the way in which they transform in front of our lens. when you sit down with a curious character they may change drastically, abandoning the fantastic characteristics that drew you to them in the first place.
If someone gives you a dirty look, attack them with kindness, and work on your “im a nice guy” face. be comfortable with yourself, and your subjects will feel your energy. if you are bumbling over your words, and lack confidence in your approach it will be incredibly difficult for your subjects to trust you.
carry business cards with links to your work.
also revert to an earlier post i wrote titled “shooting strangers”
hope you’re well calvin.. we appreciate the continued support.