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Q&A with Portraitist Erika Huffman

David J. Carol


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DC: I love the intensity of your portraits. How do you illicit that from your subjects? What are you trying to show?

EH: To be honest I'm not really sure how it happens. What I'm trying to show is a moment in time that feels true to me, whether it's glimpse into the subject's inner life or perhaps a reflection of myself. I suppose patience, persistence, trust, and openness play significant roles. I find that oftentimes it's the moment between moments (and often when I have put the camera down) when the magic happens, so I have to be on my toes.


DC: On a scale of 1-10... How brave are you? What scares you?

EH: "Brave" is a big word. I would rather say that I can be bold but it really depends on the situation. When it comes to photography, I tend to be bolder than in other aspects of my life. Photographing strangers on the street really scares me a lot but if I'm feeling scared or nervous it's a clue to me that something interesting is happening and I should explore it further. I am a bit of a reserved and shy person so my camera can be my helpful crutch. I guess you could say that my passion for photography moves me forward in spite of any fears I might have. The minute I put the camera down I become far less bold.

DC: If you had unlimited time and funds for one month, where would I find you and what would you be doing?  

EH: I would love to go to Paris for a month and roam the streets looking for interesting faces to photograph.

DC: Name 5 things you are really good at, but you cant mention anything photographic.

EH: Hmmm, this is a tough one. I'll take a stab at it:
     1) Practicing playing guitar
     2) Before I had my son, I was good at motorcycle riding. I gave it up after he was born but still have the endorsement on my license as proof that I once did it.
     3) I can imitate almost any accent
     4) Scrabble
     5) Apparently I'm also good at skirting questions about what I'm good at



Thanks Erika!

See more of Erika Huffman's work at www.erikahuffman.com

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