When I attended college at S.V.A to study commercial photography, I went with the intention of photographing products… tabletop setups… still life imagery. If you asked me then what I least wished to make images of, I’d have fired back out you without hesitation “People!” I was never comfortable having my image made, and the thought of pointing a camera at another human being… was.. to me, daunting at best. I knew that if I had a mild fear of having my image made, that it must be a horrific experience for others who declare they hated it! ( I could tolerate it, but it made me very self conscious and uncomfortable) This was not something I wanted to contribute to, plus I was aware of the tremendous responsibility a photographer has to other individuals to set everything aside, and tune in well enough to make an image of that person that will serve them honorably. Least that’s what the great photographers Id grown to admire would attest to. Certainly not a task to be taken up without a considerable amount of respect for the task at hand. So, yes.. it would be inanimate objects for me. Till one day all of that changed….One portrait class at SVA thrust me into a complete change of direction, opened my eyes, and gave me purpose.
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