I’ve shot primarily editorial work for magazines. Working with available light it was typically run in, shoot, leave quietly. I tried to never let the brevity of the shoot or the temporary nature of the printed work keep me from trying to explore the people I photographed as deeply as I could. I’ve always loved the idea of the singular image. A picture that demands that you stop and look. That requires that you work your way through the layers of a story, discovering the context, the person, the moment you are seeing. For me the camera was a golden ticket and a clever disguise that granted access to some amazing people (some famous, most not), and some unique situations.
Unlike many mediums, photography brings a unique and fluid truth because it captures just that briefest moment. In the continuum of life, the second before and the minute after were different, but for one split second this is what was there. I love that.
The title of the site came from a question I received when I was showing my portfolio at a new magazine. The art director asked me what I liked to photograph. My reply was, “People, places, and things. In that order”. I’ve always enjoyed portraiture the most, particularly environmental images where the shoot is unstaged and unadorned. I am increasingly producing color images now, as I’m seeing the role that color plays in telling the story. Still enjoy working with monochrome when the subject matter just demands it.
I hope you enjoy the images, and if you really like one, send me a comment if it really speaks to you.
These images are © copyright 2017 Don Willett and cannot be used for commercial purposes without my written permission.
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Colophon: Some of these images are made with film cameras, (Nikon, Diana(s), and Kowa 66 medium format) or with Polaroid type 55 Positive/Negative film. Printed on Agfa Paper and made with reckless use of Selenium toner. Others were made with an Sony and Panasonic mirrorless cameras (a7ii, a6000, GH3, GH4) and post processed in Lightroom.