I want to create black and white portraits and accompanying secondary environmental portraits to provide a context. I am looking for faces that tell a story. Sometimes older faces, with lines and details lend themselves well to the style I have developed. People whose faces can say something about their work. But the unforgiving, stark style also can reveal a lot about a younger, less aged person.
Choosing street subjects
I look for faces that I find interesting. When looking for subjects in the street, I'll often sit somewhere busy and simply watch the faces moving past until I see someone that captures my interest. I don't have a hard and fast set of rules about who I shoot, but there is one unifying similarity: the subject's face has to interest me.
Environmental portraits to support main portraits
I start with an eyes-to-camera close up, then reveal context in an environmental picture. It's usually the other way round: we see someone from far away then, sometimes, we get to study their face in more detail. I will look to describe a subject's environment and life in one additional picture.