16 Feb What Lies Behind : Photographic Insights – Volume Three
Source: Ian Macdonald Photography
“I love the people I photograph. I mean, they’re my friends. I’ve never met most of them or I don’t know them at all, yet through my images I live with them.”
– Bruce Gilden
I have long held a fascination with people. I think it stems from my former career as a paramedic, where I would have ten or twelve patients in my ambulance each shift. These patients came from all walks of life: celebrities, newborns, holocaust survivors, CEOs, tradespeople, athletes, veterans… each with their own story to tell. This love of meeting new people and hearing their stories subsequently influenced all aspects of my photography, and most definitely my approach to street photography.
When I see somebody that I think would be a great subject it is usually their appearance that strikes me at first. It might be an outward characteristic: their smile, their eyes, perhaps the outfit they are wearing. Just as often, however, it is something more intrinsic… some indescribable strength, a sense of wisdom, or perhaps a vulnerability that you can see and feel from a block away. Great subjects come from all walks of life and are a gift to us when we are out shooting on the streets.
Such was the case with the subject in this photograph, who I saw…
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