The images within these galleries and blog
technically fit the definition of street portraiture. Some were taken
indoors, of waitpersons, docents, baristas, etc. But most were
photographed in the great outdoors, of people who I saw/met in public places,
always with permission. The common denominator is this; I had never
seen, nor met, any of these people prior to the photographic
This picture is #008 in my The Human Family project. Find out more about the project and see pictures taken by other photographers at www.flickr.com/groups/thehumanfamily/
When I saw the dreadlocks and the body language, I thought, “This must be an artist.” The light was way too contrasty, so I followed at a distance. Finally I crossed the street, circled around, and 'happened' to meet him in the spot of my choice. Diego seemed curious, and was happy to be photographed.
Diego is from Spain and is in his senior year at the Ringling School of Art and Design. I was right!
“What kind of art do you make?”
“Painting, video, photography.., art is art.”
When I wanted to move him a bit, he said, “You are the artist, do what you want.” He really liked my photostream. After graduation, Diego will return to Spain.
“What will you do?”
'Live life. Who knows what will come.”
Nice to be able to have that attitude. Attending a school costing north of $50,000\year, he probably has the resources to take life as it comes.
Thank you, Diego, for allowing me to photograph you for my ongoing portrait project.