Charlotte Barnes | Street Portraits

Ever since I was young, I've always enjoyed just being in a public place, watching people go by and wondering about their stories.  As a photographer, I'm drawn to certain faces and I find myself wanting to make their picture.  Over the last couple of years, I've given in to this compulsion and every so often, I spend a few hours on the streets, making portraits with the people I meet.

All of these men and women were once strangers.  In the space of a few minutes, I've introduced myself, talked for a while and asked for a photograph.  Surprisingly few people say no.  When I'm working with clients, I spend a lot of time working on posing.  On the street, other than moving to somewhere with good light, I rarely direct people other than to ask them not to smile and to look at the camera.  

I almost always leave my card and quite often, people get in touch for a copy of their photograph.   Many have said how much they like their portrait and how it's made them see themselves differently.