For my photo essay, "My People", I chose to do a collection of photos of the individuals in my life that mean the most to me, my family and close friends. I wanted all of the images to capture these people at their happiest or most content moments, because that is the how I envision these people when I think of them.
At first this seemed to be a daunting task, to take good pictures of people in their element without forcing them to look a certain way. It’s still amazing to me that in just over one month I could get these pictures to turn out the way I wanted them to, for the most part.
I wanted to take quality photos but because I was interested in getting spontaneous shots, I found myself switching between a Nikon and my iPhone to capture the photos. The Nikon produced higher quality photographs, but my favorite photos in the group are the ones that came from my iPhone. It just reminded me that having high quality or clarity in a photo does not necessarily mean it will always be better than a lesser quality photo that may better capture a person or idea.
As you can see from the photos, I chose to make every image in the collection black and white. I did this for several reasons, the first of which is a little obvious: because it made the group of photos cohesive and also made some of the shots appear to be more meaningful and thought-out (when in fact, most of them were spur of the moment, and I had no idea what I’d end up with).