Portraits are constructions. You light a subject in a particular way or fires the shutter at a particular moment in the hope of capturing an image that is "significant". Meanwhile the subject makes a gesture. She may tilt her head or cross her arms in an effort to reveal or perhaps hide something about herself. They are gestures that define but also open up. Yet no one involved in the interaction arrives at the Truth. The essence of an individual captured in a portrait is a fiction composed of both conscious choices and accidents made by the photographer and the subject. As we seek to define ourselves, the world attempts to corral us.
Photographers are image makers who use light, optics and technology to instill meaning. We cooperate, manipulate and sometimes wrestle with our subjects in an effort to create an indelible image whose meaning neither the photographer nor subject will ever have complete autonomy over.