Adding the Human Element

I used to spend a great deal of time waiting for people to get out of my frame before making a photograph. I’ve now gone the polar opposite and wait, beg, and plead for people to walk into my frame. The images I shoot without a person in them are few and far between now, and the more I shoot the more stubborn I’m getting about this. I think it’s because I spend so much more time with people—making their portraits, laughing with them—that I feel increasingly as though a place is hollow or incomplete without them. I think I am most interested in the moments where people and places intersect such that each contributes to the story told by the other, resulting in richer stories and images that, if not better, are at least ...

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