I always thought portraiture was the most difficult genre in photography. I still do, even after making over 100 on this latest project. Trying to bring together all the nuances that come from the clash of human interaction and technology, hoping for a spark of inspiration not only from myself but also from the subject.
My preference, given a choice would always be to use film – there’s a tangible difference between a digital medium and analog. Less frames, more intensity, more collaboration. I have tried to get the same sense of process while shooting the 200 Women project, using daylight and prime lenses across a myriad of difficult locations. But it’s hard. I’m now taking a lot more time to take a lot less pictures, talking more – being present and slowing down, it’s still hard to get what you imagine you should and it’s still a long way away from shooting film but I am beginning to understand a way to get what I’m hoping for. This portrait of painter and winemaker Michael Eton was shot on film. It took 4 frames to get what I wanted not 40 to get close.