The Power of the Portrait

This is that unique opportunity that we would have never imagined when we’re sitting in meetings discussing shot lists and story lines weeks before we shoot the first frame. But it’s the type of image that as photographers working in both the still and motion worlds we’re constantly seeking and trained to find. It’s easy to go to these rural areas around the world and depict the poverty-it’s everywhere and relentless. What’s harder is to see through that and expose the dignity of the people you encounter and treat them with respect. When you do that, people respond the same way and allow you to make this type of image. This was a collaborative effort, she posed, we asked her to raise the fishing net, she smiled knowingly and it was a perfect moment that was never on any shot list.

Indian girl with fishing net.

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