Photographing people, young or old, in Mexico, and more recently, Bhutan, Thailand, and Cambodia— or simply in my backyard in the Berkshires, MA, continues to offer me an endless source of reward. It can also be a major challenge. For years, in order to supplement my articles my focus was primarily on plants, gardens, and landscapes. It was relatively simple to do: flowers, trees and stones don't budge and don't tend to be self-conscious.
And, I didn't feel compelled to seek shelter in a corner or hide behind my lens pretending not to exist. Today, embarking on a conversation with strangers or asking for permission to photograph has become more facile. It also can lead to some fascinating conversations. With Spanish under my belt, I have come to photograph more individuals in Mexico. One recent summer in the US I interviewed women working on their farms: https://berkshirefoodandtravel.com/flora-1/
Portraits tell stories, complex stories we can only hint at. As photographers we may be lucky to catch a glimpse into a person's life, background, perhaps even soul. A portrait is also a reflection of who we are. It's all about what we are drawn to, how we interpret the world by the angle we choose, the light, the surrounding environment, or simply our personal mood at the moment.
San Miguel de Allende and Patzcuaro, Mexico:
STORIES FACES TELL
Stories over the past couple of years: