Shooting portraits of people – means countless hours of just looking at people. Not just looking at them, but seeing them… (and what is unseen at the moment, gets record along with what is seen. ah the beauty of photography)
But no matter how proficient you are in seeing and relating to people while recording them – the most significant factor that actually opens people up – is not your ability to do those things. Instead, it’s your ability to guide them and teach them how to see and face themselves – openly, non-judgementally, with some infatuated expectation of discovering something beautiful in imperfect.
When people start to face themselves, they meet the darkness that many perceive as chaos at first.
Chaos scares many. This fear becomes the reason many cling to superficial and fake values. (As if those values ever succeeded in protecting you from the disaster that you are. )
But what people perceive as chaos inside themselves is actually crumbling of their false masks and dishonest values.
But as they keep looking (with the helping hand of photography in this case), they discover that darkness is just space… and space invites them to dance, play, and true freedom. So soon through the darkness, light becomes perceivable; this light is actually the One who sees the darkness… its a feeling of fresh air after the rain. It’s a state of free and constant movement that quickly transforms into genuine and honest creativity inside this space, like a river that found the sea…