As a photographer I am always on the prowl for any opportunity that arises to capture a good photograph. That is why it is so important to always have the camera with you. Now, with the introduction of the powerful and portable smartphones with their built-in cameras, it has never been easier.
Photographing people in their environments, manipulating the environment and light, is a very different discipline to working in a studio and it requires a different approach and skill set as a photographer. In a studio or when you have time to plan on location, the execution of the photograph is very different. In this situation you have to be very quick.
Sometimes you see the photograph and capture it. Sometimes you see the light and the environment and wait for the subject to arrive, as with the priest in the Christian Quarter in Jerusalem, here. Sometimes you see the environment and hopefully get the subject to play along, as illustrated here with the older guy in Soho, London. Whatever the situation, it’s always an exciting way to create a photograph.
Never commissioned for these photographs, however, it’s always very interesting for me and a welcome addition to our online personal portfolio.