I am always looking how people react to one another or just with themself. Where they look at and what does their bodies tell us? For me this is the main attraction in street or any other non staged photography. This is the place which I learn from and which inspires me. And as I am not a standard observer I will collect images in my mind so I can use them in any of my staged work. A scene is never something on it’s own, you will always find little things helping to focus your attention and revealing a story. You just got to pay attention.
The images above were shot in the new Rijksmuseum. Everything is brand new and all the furniture is shining. Staff is being hired and workers are finalising little details in all the corners of the building. Visitors are getting a feel for the place. So look closely at the man examining the menu and ask yourself; is he waiting for somebody? or can’t he decide what to choose? Is that his coat on the left? And did he already drank that cup of coffee?
The other image is telling the story of a manager welcoming his employees for their first day on the job. Look at his inquiring glace and the firm handshake. Is he any good? You won’t let me down will you? The other man is just fading away. Why? Is he intentionally evading the piercing look of the manager? And look at the girl on the left behind the espresso machine. What are her thoughts? Is she apologizing for the way her manager acts, or is it a light smile to welcome these new young men?
These visual little stories are like pearls on a beach, you will never see one until you focus on it.