The delicate balance between humanizing and objectifying someone is a welcome challenge. I am always cautious and wary of not furthering objectification. As a child growing up in Guyana, South America, I spent a lot of time looking uneasily at the people in National Geographic, who, even though they resembled me greatly in appearance and place, they still seemed somehow foreign. Barbara Kruger’s “Untitled (Your gaze hits the side of my face), 1981” really resonated with me when I first encountered it as an art student.
Event photography is an immersive experience in which I strive to radiate the humanity of the people I photograph. Ideally, I’m in the middle of the action, just feet or inches away from the person I’m photographing.
Be it a bar mitzvah, Quinceañera, wedding, fundraiser or workshop, I like to lose myself in the experience of my subjects. Even when photographing performing artists, from a distance, I strive to be there with them. Lastly, even though I am invited, I try my best to not be intrusive.