One summer night, I went to the cafe I work at to get a cappuccino at around 9PM after a good dinner. I didn't think that the caffeine would affect me since I drink coffee on a regular basis, but for some reason, it was surging through my veins and would not let my brain go to sleep that evening.
Alone and wide awake, thoughts were running through my head at a million miles a minute. I eventually began to think about how I haven't been shooting lately and that I've been so comfortable working as a barista that I forgot that I am first, and foremost, a photographer. Hell, I went to fucking art school to get a piece of paper validating my abilities to make great images (and paid a shitload of money too). How could I let all of that, the three years of blood, sweat, tears, and growth, go to waste?
Then it hit me. My new year's resolution for 2015 was to reconnect or get to know better those around me and those whom I have/begun to lose touch with. Why not turn this into a portrait project too? I can get 1-on-1 time with each person, even if it's for 20 minutes, and just hang out, talk, and get some cool portraits? Who doesn't want a decent photograph of themselves? Sure, the year is almost at an end, but that doesn't mean it's too late.
So for the next year, I will be making portraits on a weekly basis, publishing a minimum of two per week. If, at the end of 52 weeks, I still have more people I want to photograph, then I will continue this series until I am completely satisfied.
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