Inspired by early portrait photography when long exposures required subjects to remain still for extended periods of time, I started this series of photographs thinking about the active role of the sitter during the photographic process and ways to intimately explore personal interactions with the camera.
Using a large-format view camera, I deliberately choose to prolong the exposure time of each picture while asking my subjects to think about something specific about their lives. My intention resides in exploring the complex interweaving of emotional presence, the psychology of the pose in relation to the photographic camera, and the involved dynamics that take place between the sitter, the photographer, and eventually the viewer of my work.
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