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  • Sep. 7th, 2010 at 2:31 PM
i just wanted to share benoit paille with you all. he takes the types of photos i really wish i could take. he photographs strangers, on the street or on the train or wherever he happens to be. people, looking how they do, in their natural environment, making eye contact with the camera, almost exclusively straight-faced. i have asked strangers to let me take their picture before but they almost always get shy or smile or get embarrassed or flustered or say they don't look good on camera or fuss about how the final product will represent them. i don't know how benoit paille captures his subjects the way he does but i love it.

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liich wrote:
Sep. 7th, 2010 11:53 pm (UTC)
this guy: http://wvs.topleftpixel.com/
he says that often he'll take a picture first and then show it to the person...once they see themselves, often they like the result.
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liich wrote:
Sep. 7th, 2010 11:55 pm (UTC)
i knew one of his pics had an explanation: http://wvs.topleftpixel.com/10/01/29/
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liich wrote:
Sep. 7th, 2010 11:55 pm (UTC)
i knew one of his pics had an explanation: http://wvs.topleftpixel.com/10/01/29/
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blackbird__fly wrote:
Sep. 8th, 2010 06:21 am (UTC)
His stuff is beautiful, but your comments are exactly why I prefer to photograph people candidly, or when they are not looking at the camera. When people know they're having their picture taken they either pose or get awkward; either way they stop being the way they were that made me want to photograph them in the first place.
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