When we photographed Nina in early Spring, the snow was just starting to fade and her separation still felt fresh. …
We photographed our first subject on a cold and snowy day in February 2011. My assistant of 5 years called in sick, a first, leaving me with my second assistant on her first day of assisting ever. We decided to move ahead as I had already been delayed a year, mainly due to the writer vacillating on numerous concerns and subjects’ apprehensions.
I was asked to create imagery that “comforted the afflicted and afflicted the comfortable.” I set out to create portraits of the residents that showed homelessness affects all demographics. I wanted the portraits to convey transcendence, from a very difficult and dark time to a time that has hope and relief.
When I shoot, I work quickly and intuitively shooting at times without looking at the subject, and looking for something I have not seen before. Because I am limited to 30 minutes at most per subject, I tend to shoot quite a bit, rather quickly, stopping to ask, listen, connect, and share.