Might the experience of a photographic portrait be best finding you, not you it? Like the experience of music. Music that fills the atmosphere without any requirement to understand it. Might it simply be the other way around? The experience is to find you across a clear and hallowed space. These simple guidelines might help.
‘My greatest fear was that no one would see me. My greatest fear is you’ll see me. Be still, be quiet it will be okay. You’re so much more than you allow yourself to think you are. So much more. And I keep showing you, you don’t hear me. That’s what that voice says.’ A few minutes defining perhaps one of the greatest of all paradoxes that lives unadmitted and deep inside most people.
Filming people with an absence of judgment or condition causes the subject to speak with an entirely original and courageous voice. It’s this voice that I’ve made my films from. This sequence exemplifies the tone of such a voice. A grand starting point if you are new here.
Start with Nothing. No-thing. No act on your part. For this moment in time set down your requirements. Let the experience of each film subject find you, not you them. Like the experience of music. Witnessing is not an act on your part. Let it. Simply let it.
When we come to see each other beyond judgment and without condition we are known. When we are known, we become aware that we belong to each other. And when we become aware that we belong to each other we are compelled to act accordingly, and this world changes for the better. These are essential notes on how best to experience these film portraits.