Chapter 6. Interacting with Your Subjects

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We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.

—Anais Nin

So what does it mean to interact with your subjects? Does it mean merely sharing a great topic of conversation? Exchanging contact information? Asking someone about all of her favorite things? Sharing vulnerabilities? Establishing a decent rapport? Endlessly asking a wide variety of questions, such as these? I certainly hope not. That sounds exhausting.

I would suggest that meaningfully interacting with others—whether you’re photographing them or not!—often comes down to simply getting past the superficial bubble we all place around ourselves ...

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