As stated earlier, street photography reminds us to stop and observe, to engage with the world around us. It forces you to ask questions about culture; assess and develop paradigms and worldviews. It makes you care.
Street portraiture is an extension of street photography. It makes you care … about people.
At its best, street portraiture retains the spontaneity and authenticity of street photography while capturing the essence of the individual and moment. A face can evoke a powerful emotional response; it can tell a thousand stories. No special lighting, no advanced direction, no hired models. Simply candid moments on the street combined with the character and intrigue of a face.
Street portraiture challenges us to recognize inequality, social injustice, and other difficult circumstances on an individual level. A concept is easy to ignore; a face is not. Portraits can remind us that our response to the world and its citizens must overflow with grace, generosity and love. Portraits also simultaneously showcase the beauty, joy, adventure, and grit that are inherent in the human spirit.
Street portraiture reminds us all that there is tremendous diversity in our world. Approached with respect and openness, there is much we can learn from those around us.