I think one of the most important things to do as a photographer is to constantly challenge yourself and get out of your comfort zone. Monotony is our enemy and it’s essential that we find something to break this monotony up. I had heard about these “night walks” that other photographers had been doing for years, but for some reason, I never went. I think I was too scared and felt like all of my failures as a photographer would become very evident. But last night, something was different. I took my trusty 5D Mk3 and 35mm f/1.4L, cranked it up to ISO20000 and shot B&W, just to try and replicate the old masters of the streets. These images are nearly straight out of camera which is also something that scares the hell out of me. But it was liberating and the challenge was something that reminded me how important the challenge itself is.
But something became very clear to me as I walked through the cold streets of our city. I need people in my images. I genuinely have a lot of difficulty creating images which don’t have a face or a body in them and maybe this is why I do what I do. There are nearly 7 billion of us on this tiny blip in the universe and each of us has a path we’ve taken in our lives to get where we have. I guess I always hope my images convey a fleeting instant of these peoples’ lives and everyone else, for a moment, can consider that each and every one of us is a complex creature that deserves attention, understanding and love.