Everything around you falls away, no matter how important it seemed to be the second before. That gaze is consciousness. It is awareness. It’s a connection. It is a reminder that though she is of a different culture, living a different life, she is still human. She is a woman and she sees me.
That gaze came from somewhere else. Not just physically seeing me walk by. It’s like she recognized me from afar and had a feeling that we already knew each other.
Her smile says, “Hello again. Nice to see you again.” Only a stranger can give you that sense of completeness. Only someone from the other side of the world, connecting through a gaze can offer us a sense of how truly small this world really is and how intricately connected we all are.
Photo Tip: What inspires you to take a photo is what make you feel connected to your experience.
As you become aware of your subject, it is important to consider how she/he feels and behaves. Remember, we are stepping into their world and if we truly want to “see” who they are, we must show them that we understand them. A simple genuine gaze can do that instantly. That is trust. An invitation to their heart.