Goodbye, Mom

“If your pictures aren’t good enough, you aren’t close enough.” ~ Robert Capa

This quote is often interpreted to mean getting physically close to your subject. And maybe that’s what Capa meant. I also believe it means getting emotionally close to the people you are photographing.  If you can’t feel, how can you put feeling into your work? My best pictures have always come from opening myself up and connecting, however briefly, with those in front of my lens on an emotional level. Sometimes it means a deep empathy for who you’re with, sometimes it’s falling in love and sometimes it’s a profound respect and admiration for your subject.

Whatever the emotion, connect, feel, be present, because, if your pictures aren’t good enough, you aren’t emotionally close enough.

This is my mother, a few days before she passed away in 2006.