For some time I've wanted to shoot a series of editorial portraits to produce compelling photographs of interesting people who do not normally reside in the limelight. My belief that the people around us form a tapestry that can open our minds to greater acceptance and understanding of each other was also a reason to build this collection of photos, which is still being compiled.
Still another aspect of this project was to impose some constraints as a personal challenge for me to change how I would normally approach making a photograph and help me look at subjects more creatively at the same time.
The first was to limit artificial lighting to a single, small LED fresnel spot supplemented at times with a single reflector.
Next, I made an effort for each subject to be photographed either in their home or workplace or another setting that was typical for them. There was no effort to have them pose or appear out of their everyday surroundings.
The resulting images, I feel, not only helped each of these individuals move into the light of our consciousness, but also allows us to better appreciate their uniqueness and humanity. All we have to do is open our minds, then look and listen.