I have always believed that portraits are like landscapes of people. Whether it is the wrinkles on the face, or the colour of their hair and eyes, or the clothes they wear. Every portrait I have done has been very different from the other, in order to portray uniqueness of each person’s character, which strikes me the most.
I often rely on body language and lip reading to understand people when they converse. Years of observation has enabled me to recognize different nuances of human beings and my portraits attempt to capture the humanity of the individual. I take portraits in two styles – or lenses, if you may: Wide and portrait,’ with wide,I try to capture the subject as being one with their environment. I use their world as a prop to tell their story. With close-ups, I capture them on a more intimate level.
Most of my close-ups end up being black and white, in a way following the philosophy and quote of the photographer Ted Grant: “When you photograph people in color, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in black and white, you photograph their souls!”