Hot and bothered...
This weekend was a blazer and I headed upstate to do some sketch pad/brain storm/visual try outs. I'm not sure if it's just that I'm out of my element when I step into places that are unfamiliar and my hands/brain/camera lock up... or if it's just that I'm out of practice.. better yet, just too damn shy. After all these years I still freeze up when it comes to approaching strangers to make their portrait on the spot.
My style is usually to approach people I want to shoot, talk to them for a bit, hand them my card, get into touch with them and set up a shoot. That way there has been a dialogue, a limbo process, time to feel it out.
Two days away with amazing potential and I just sat back and watched. On the train home I thought... maybe my work isn't about that immediate and impulsive space between strangers. Maybe it's not about being somewhere that feels more like home to the people I want to shoot than it does to me. Maybe I need to be places where I feel at home to make good work. Or maybe I just need to force myself to try doing this a little more often. Guess I'll have to work these things out.
© Rineke Dijkstra