This photo series was first exhibited at arts workshop DIY Praha. Taken during trips abroad over many years, the photos didn’t start out as an intentional series, but emerged as a collection only later, looking back at me from thousands of travel snapshots.
While I have special affection for the kind of informal street photography that captures people in unguarded moments, I’ve chosen subjects who are fully aware of being caught on film, giving them a very different relationship to the photographer, and, eventually, to the viewer. Some are people I spoke to; others, I communicated with only through gestures. But in every instance, they are giving their permission to be photographed, and saying a great deal more besides: their responses range from bashfulness or irritation to pride, amusement, and mutual curiosity. Seen in retrospect, these portraits started to cohere not only as a theme for a photographic series, but as a record of moments of human connection. Each portrait represents a conversation, however brief, between people who might not share a common language.