art of observation


I am a firm believer that the art of observation comes with practice and time.

For as long as I can remember, I have always been the child that would stare intently at other people. My mother would tell me that when I was a young child, I would stare so hard at other people with such concentration, I would not even realize when I was doing it.

I do believe that this has a lot to do with the work that I am interested in photographing because I still love to observe the character of other people in public settings. Maybe I am drawn to the similarities of human emotion and connecting or maybe I enjoy wondering about their life, their story and the variety of personalities I come across.

Even though I've always taken part with observing others, being able to document real life, unnoticed, unseen, with a camera in public settings takes a lot of practice.

The practice to read and understand light, position yourself to be able to convey the story, and most importantly, be invisible!!

If you are easily noticed while shooting, you are either too flashy or too invasive. There has got to be the perfect balance of being noticed but yet becoming invisible. I do not hide my camera, I don't sneak images, I stand there quietly as I wait for the moment.