Q&A with Portraitist Erika Huffman

David J. Carol


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



PDN August 2016: The Fine-Art Photography Issue



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