On Taking Portraits
This is a picture I took of my girlfriend, Daphne through a DIY Twin lens reflex about a year ago. I know her very well, and yet I feel like she is the most mysterious person I have ever known in my life. She interests me in ways no other person can.
I like taking photographs of people that are significant in my life. Sometimes when I look through the viewfinder, I see things in them that I usually don’t notice through regular interaction—even when I know them very well. Sometimes, being behind a camera allows me to take a glimpse into what my subjects keep inside. I’ve observed that I am only able to take good photographs of people when I have a deep sense of connection with them.
I’ve long realized that taking good portraits is never about mastering the technical aspects of photography, but rather all about maintaining the invisible bond between the photographer and the subject. I consider a portrait successful when even strangers looking at the picture feel the a similar sense of connection the photographer felt the moment the image was taken.