It’s about the Environment.

Someone said to me the other day that had to do with my likes or dislikes for portraits (of people) – me shooting this genre. I was a bit puzzled as I love this genre! Especially when my subjects are in their own natural environment. Not only do I get to make images of them doing what they do, but I am also humbled to learn of their life’s story.

During a recent junket in China last May, we visited several villages that afforded us access into some of the local’s homes. One of the most endearing things about this style of making portraits is that when you are invited into their homes or shops, you have to possess a certain level of honor, respect and gratitude for their time and patience as you attempt to ‘see’ places where you’d like to photograph them while at the same time slowing everything down to understand the essence and presence of just being there in the moment (with them).

As a seeker of natural light for this genre, sometimes you only have minutes to make images before it completely disappears – such as the case with this master calligrapher.

As you can see, I progressively drill down deeper with each successive frame to tell a story or set a storyline in motion.

Here, I see this light beam coming from a hole in the roof and a table that was the recipient of the light. Sitting hime down and begin what he does best all happened with a few seconds … shoot shoot shoot and it was over in less than 2 minutes as the sun shifted enough to not hit the table anymore.

Unlike most specialists in photography, being a generalist affords me to shoot all day long, finding light where it benefits a worthy image – no matter if it’s landscape, environmental portraiture or street photography. My travel workshops encourage, teach and practice these photography genres while on the road in attempts and hope that you will embrace your newfound skills and continue to travel with camera in hand.

Come check out the next departure into this rewarding photographic sojourns at … Intrepid Photography Sojourns. Share it with a friend!

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