This is a project I’m doing in India which ironically enough, since this is a black and white photo, will be called The Colors of India. I found this image to be much stronger in a B&W situation than a color situation.
This man is an interesting guy, he had a lot of soul. His hands say so much. I photographed him in a nice pretty diffused light and he was smoking like a fiend so I just sat with him while he continued his smoking and shot some frames.
He didn’t speak English and I couldn’t speak in his dialect, but we did communicate on other levels.
When I shoot people, I don’t shoot with super long lenses, I’m shooting very close, I’m not trying to sneak the photo. My subjects are very aware, so there is a communication, some sort of energy that happens between the subject and the photographer. The portraits end up being more intimate this way.