Behind The Shoot | The Kenyan Maasai
We are saturated with images. The internet has given us a never ending stream of photographs. Everyday, I see an image that blows me away. Perhaps I see something that makes me curious or that inspires me. Perhaps I come across a photograph that is technically sound or a shot that took great effort to create. Just as frequently, I come across photographs that are simply beautiful.
I am often tricked into thinking that the person capturing these frames is some sort of superhero photographer with unlimited access and/or resources. In many instances, they are. Photojournalists are indeed risking their lives in war zones to document our world. Nat Geo photographers are on assignment for months to get splendid shots of our natural world. High profile portrait photographers are given exclusive access to celebrities and events. But, not every image is captured out of position or because of deep client pockets. Sometimes, great photo opportunities happen by chance.
When a group of Kenyan Maasai visited a school I was working for, I simply asked them if I could make some portraits. With permission, I spent fifteen minutes making portraits of the Maasai. There was no planning involved. There was no contract or access point. I simply asked a group of people for fifteen minutes of their time. Imagine that.
What can be learned from this? Not all photographs are special because of the extreme effort it takes to make them. Photographs are special because of their subjects.