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The Wordless Power of You


Every day I look through photos I have taken and write about one. This forces me to think about photography. This helps me to remember why I do what I do.


Writing is disciplined thinking. It’s thinking that’s thought through.


Photography is disciplined perception. It’s seeing well-managed.


When I look at a person during the course of a normal day I see but fleeting glimpses of them. I don’t stare and I don’t analyze. I see them, but I don’t really see them.


When I do a portrait, or what some people might call a headshot, I see much deeper. But I don’t just see, I feel. The camera provides an excuse for spending enough time with someone to achieve some level of intimacy. I get to say “Look at me.”, and the person looks.


Even when I’m doing dozens of portraits under time constraints (like the one of Sam above at Twitter) I strive for a moment like this when something human, something timeless, emerges. This is not a person you can sum up in a Tweet. Few of us are. Our resumes and our profiles are replete with descriptions but ultimately our strength and beauty is wordless.


It is that wordless energy, that presence, that I hope to capture.

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