During the trip to Myanmar, a friend said to me “you are just not going to be happy until you can get that big old lens a foot from someone’s face”. Now, I can’t deny there is truth in what she said – I do often get very close to my subjects – and I really love to make portraits. But more importantly – making close portraits forces me to interact closely with the people I am photographing. I talk with them – not always in the same language and not always with words. I show them the images I made. Sometimes it is quick – just a couple of minutes – or I might spend an hour or more with them. I almost always come away with images reflecting a myriad of expressions. I always come away knowing a little more about the person and myself. And that does make me happy.
This is why photography is so great – and so much fun.
The portraits in this post were made in Bagan and around Inle Lake.