It’s funny, the further I go into the field of photography, the more one would think I should get burnt out. That is usually the case in any profession. It’s not so much that you stop enjoying what you do, but that you become obsessed with the final product, and forget the joy of the process. Very quickly, play turns into work.
At this juncture, after many years in the world of photography, I feel quite the opposite. I think this is because I have developed my work bit by bit, slowly. This has brought about its doubts and its fears, but it has also opened my mind to enjoying a variety of simple things, and what is more important, to keep alive the passion, the child.
This is even more so when I photograph people. Most frequently, fashion shoots have an intrinsic feel of distance and coldness: time is short, new faces every day, the rhythm is overwhelming… Just the opposite of what a portrait shoot should be. But for me, I cannot avoid being most interested in the essence behind the surface. This is really what motivates me most about my work: to be able to extract a sense of intimacy from people I have just met.
I suppose most us portrait photographers start with a natural interest in our subjects, models are not to be less. In time, however, the loss of enjoyment for the process and the excessive focus on the final product renders the photographs devoid of human warmth, albeit technically excellent. Portraiture is neither a reflection of the photographer nor of the subject, but a reflection of the relationship between the two. If that relationship is contaminated, the portrait will become contaminated. If there is a connection, a subtle perception, the portrait will acquire a sudden depth. Still, despite all this, and despite their best efforts, there will always be an uncontrollable trace of both the photographer and the model in the image.
This notion informs my work, and I strive to honor it in every session.
The session with Sabina was quiet, effortless, and intuitive. Her work as a model is obviously excellent, but there is also a tranquil gentleness about her presence that is as pleasant as these pictures are.
Sabina, Caro, Emily Thanks for your hard work.
– The making of these images was possible thanks to: Carolina Restrepo (MUA, hair stylist and wardrobe stylist), her assistant was Emily Falls