That’s a statement one often hears…. But when do you show that you are really unique?
I choose my models myself. They are exactly the persons who have never posed themselves, this makes it easier for me to really come to the person. The first half hour of the shoot is always somewhat uncomfortable. I always get the same question: “Can you tell me what I have to do ?” I ask them to act normally just as they want it themselves.
I often take up a vulnerable position by telling honestly that I too find it rather exciting.
During the shoot they often tell me that they are not so photogenic as their predecessors. Then I set their minds at ease by telling that everything will be O.K. and asking some questions about their daily life until I suddenly see a change in their expression and they are ready to open their mind to me. At that precise moment I talk about things closer by to them that can touch them.
And that is the exact moment I record and the result you can see below and that is the moment that“they” are really “they”.