Fire Down Below on Flickr.
There’s something to say about taking photographs of people you’ve gotten to know pretty well through shooting them very often.
On the one hand, it’s easier. It’s usually fun and games and talking and hanging out with friends, so you’re allowed to take it down a notch. You’re not there to impress anyone. You get to try out stuff without having to suffer embarrassment when things aren’t going the way you want them to. That’s all good. The process and the talking is, after all, still the most important thing.
On the other hand, the part of my brain that wants to impress has to work overtime. See, I know these people (like Marlies here). I’ve shot their faces and bodies and expressions and whatnot before. Now it’s about finding new ways of portraying. Looking for expressions and emotions not yet before treaded on.
Some days that’s a hard road to travel.
On other occasions however, when all bets are off on both ends - so to speak - is when that decisive moment unravels itself before your eyes, and you have to be quick enough to capture that moment of insight in somebody’s soul.
And maybe it’s something you’ll never see again, but that’s why we, Flickr, as photographers (whatever the term may embody), should be grateful for this incredible medium we employ to interact with people.