Portraits have never been a strong point for me; perhaps it was a lack of interest, a lack of obvious action. But as I’ve grown, I’ve learned how much story is in a portrait, like an intimate character study. Using a 35mm prime and manual focus, you’re forced to get right in your subject’s face and that, in itself, yields something uniquely powerful.
They generally say with portraits you should stand higher than your subject; at 5-foot-8, that doesn’t add up for most male figures. But in this case it fits because I look up to both of these studs in their own right. Intellectuals, teachers, athletes and friends—I’ve learned a lot from these two, surely more than I’ve taught, hopefully only a fraction of what I will learn.