So. For those of you who have been keeping up with my fall semester photography project, titled: “A Conversation”, you all know that I have photographed quite a few humans.
Before this project, I had never shot a portrait. So, to practice, I made a plan: to meet people at Clark who would be comfortable with me photographing them. Good amount of people were interested, and out of the 45-ish people who expressed interest, I got the chance to shoot about 30-ish people. The project first started out pretty small, photographing about 3 to 4 people per week, and on average about 200-300 shots per person. However, time went on, and as my skills with my all manual lens (a new addition to my kit) got better, people started to notice more and more the job that I was doing. People were posting the photographs on their instagram’s and social media and after certain shoots, a lot of people came up to me and wanted to be photographed as well.
At times, it was very overwhelming. I would be telling a lie if I said every shoot went perfectly and every shot was a work of art, because that was far from the reality. Soon, mid way into the project, I stepped back and analyzed all the photos I had taken through the mid way point and I understood why people were getting excited — the photos were real. They had their own aesthetic. Even though the humans I was photographing were all unique in their own ways, there was a common thread which ran through all the portraits: the frozen shots were immortalized moments within a conversation that portrayed them how they really are (at least from my point of view). I wanted them to feel comfortable talking to me whatever they wanted to talk to me about — i gave them the space and it was such a humbling experience to get to know the humans who made the Clark community as rich and vibrant as it is now.
Honestly, I can say that this project has given me a unique insight on how I use photography to connect with the people around me. The search for a genuine connection is really the main focus of my photos, emphasizing the spontaneity of a moment that is unique.
And I would not want it to be any other way.
But, Here are the best shots (1 for each person 🙂 ) No particular order.