Good leaders care about their people. They just don’t say they care, they actually do. And that is demonstrated by their actions. But mostly it’s something we just feel. That care. It’s tangible. Palpable. Because it’s love.
Love makes leaders that last. Love makes leaders effective. Think about the leaders you’ve admired. There’s love there. Not authoritarianism, love.
Empathy flows from love. Affection flows from love. Love, simply, is the recognition of another heart. I love everyone I photograph. I see their hearts. I try to. And often that is reflected back.
Edward (above, or below depending on how this is posted) opened his heart to me on many occasions, not just on the day we took this photo. So I knew our time together would yield the kind of portrait you can feel, not just see.
That’s the secret to my ‘success’. If I take a great picture it’s because the person I am with is open, and willing to be seen. And that begins with me. I must also be open and willing to be seen....
Last week I was asked to shoot at Outside Lands, a San Francisco music festival, for Hint Water. They had a pavillion where you could take photos and have your photos taken, and there was a line outside to get in.
My job (one of them) was to capture festival goers drinking Hint - not easy, as most folks were drinking adult beverages. But I manaaged to find a few people not imbibing.
This was a great gig for me because it allowed me to do what I do best, which is interact with people and tell a story with photographs. My feet hurt at the end of the night, and I felt old, but the people at Hint were great and the crowd was joyous. So all in all not bad for a day's work.