In my ongoing effort to pursue personal projects, I want to focus more on spontaneous portraiture. As a long time follower of Brandon Stanton's Humans of New York, I was inspired to get up close and personal and take the time to get to know subjects rather than trying to discreetly photograph them from afar. But rather than the unique story focus of Brandon's work, I want to make the photograph...the features of the person portrayed...to be the main focus. I love small details, and I want to capture the contours and curvature of the individual faces, admiring the intrinsic beauty of a person and sharing my own experience and interpretation of who they are. I also deeply respect Brandon and his work, so I want to keep HONY uniquely his.
The #PeopleFocus Project I plan to make a long term part of my photographic journey. I intend to keep traveling and shooting, and as I capture landscapes and street life, I will be taking the time to photograph the people that inhabit those places. With 196 countries and over 7 billion people populating them, the people I capture on my camera will only be a thread of the tapestry that the people of this planet make up. Still, I find it to be a joyous and worthwhile ambition...to know people and admire the way they are uniquely created.
I have done many spontaneous portraits in the last 2 years that I've been shooting, but this marks the beginning of this project. I intend to theme groups of photos that I acquire, whether by location or subject. I want each photo (or group of photos) to tell a different story about where I am or what I am continually learning about humanity. I hope that this series can be a contribution to helping us understand more about each other and being able to see the value and beauty of each human being that walks this Earth.
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