Week 3 of #52portraits – still going strong! This time, featuring Stella and a walk along the Thames.
This project has been such a powerful tool for me to connect with the people on the other side of my lens. We get to have a coffee and chat for a couple hours about anything we want. It’s hard not to feel vulnerable when there is a camera pointed towards you, and I think that it’s the photographer’s job to create a safe space where their subject can be themselves without fear of judgement. No, I’m not going to post embarrassing photos of you mid-blink, no I’m not going to point it out when you put your arms into a weird position. What I will do is talk to you about your day, your first pet, how you like your eggs – little things that help you become at ease with the big glass eye that I happen to be pointing at your face. I’m not just getting better, more authentic pictures of you, I’m getting to know you at the same time. Even if lightning strikes my camera on the way home and I lose all the pictures (touch wood…), we still get to know each other better – and that might be the best thing about this project so far.
So here is Stella: she can tell you all the best places for Italian food in London, she speaks Russian, and she lived in Kansas growing up.