Portraits while travelling

posted on 8th of may, 2013

In recent travels I've been making an effort to take portraits of the people I meet.

At first I set a goal of 50 different people per trip however, this seemed to cheapen the individual interactions as I'd have to bounce from person to person during any available time. I'm now just making the most of any opportunity and making a habit of at least having my 50mm lens with me everywhere I go.

I love the environmental portrait work of the greats like Arnold Newman, Steve McCurry, Henri Cartier-Bresson and so many others. I more often however gravitate to the wonderful diverse faces on this planet and don't provide much background. I'm trying to take both however I get so excited when opportunities present themselves I just get in close and shoot faces.

The 50mm means that I get in quite close to...

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Posted by Mike2focus on May 08, 2013
Nice work! So interesting to see the different styles of clothes, hair, background environment, cultural elements... Really enjoyed checking out the people in your portfolio.
Posted by Dark3y3s on May 08, 2013
Yep, definitely look up Humans of New York website, it's great :) It also has some side stories as well.

It's always nice to be able to give back to those people that let you photograph them. :) Keep up the great work!
Posted by Inyrdreams on May 08, 2013
what a wonderful hobby and a great way to meet interesting people~!

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I moved to Adelaide, Australia in 1978 from Auckland, New Zealand, as a child. Raised in Townsville, North Queensland, I left home to work in Central Australia where I first became interested in photography as a field geologist. From there I took a role in Johannesburg, South Africa, returned to Australia to marry, moved to Santiago, spent five years there in the capital of Chile and since have moved back to Brisbane, Australia where I am now based. I live with my wife of eight years and our three year old son. I have spent the past 10 years travelling all over the world and as part of my trav... [Read more]

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