What makes a great shot?
For me, a great photograph is broken down into thirds. The first part is the person: the way she stands, the way she holds herself, her persona. Does she have a big persona or a little, quiet persona? Are they bold or kind of shy? The next third is clothing, and what it tells you about the subject. To me it’s like costuming in a movieâ€”the clothes are an important part of imagining what that character is like. Last third: the light. Even if the person doesn’t have great skin or the outfit’s just okay, the light really helps set the mood.
How do you choose who to shoot?Â
There’s nothing a person can do [to stand out]. It’s totally my imagination! I shoot as a straight male, so sometimes it’s an attractiveness [that sets someone apart], but a lot of times, it’s the mystery. I don’t get to know a lot of these people very well. I like to imagine them: This girl is really nice; this girl is super-sensitive; this girl is a tomboy, this girl is a really tough New York businesswoman. Posture, I think, is also incredibly important in a photograph. Whether she holds herself in a very delicate way or in a very strong, assertive manner goes into how I shoot someone. It happens very fast, and usually when I see someone I immediately know the feeling I’m getting from them. Do I shoot them in a meek way? A strong way? It’s totally just my ridiculous interpretation.