From a mask-maker posing in his dim-lit shop surrounded by masks to a farmer beginning to sing and dance as he gets photographed, many of my portraits are environmental portraits. I prefer the idea of people being comfortable in their space as they are photographed. I attempt to photograph people the way they want to be seen rather than how the photographer wants to see them.
“May I photograph you?” As I ask this question – either using words or by gestures – many people tend to become stiff while many others have their own pose that they prefer to be photographed in. They also come up with objects they would like to hold or to be present in the picture. The expression that follows as people see themselves on camera screen or in print is priceless.
A successful, interesting portrait to me is the one where people can express how they feel, where they are themselves. This collection is an attempt to stand true to that.