Sometimes, either through loss of memory, failure to ask, or refusal to give, I don’t get a name to put with the face of the people I meet on the street. If I forget, it can be very frustrating and is one of the reasons why I always carry a small notebook with me. Whether you’re shooting street photography or portraits, carrying a notebook will help you recall the scene at a later date.
You don’t need to write down all the details of the
moment, but a few key elements that can help tell the story if necessary. A persons name isn’t required for the portrait to be meaningful, it is just another detail that helps enhance the encounter. These portraits are special to me for different reasons and I can easily explain what happened during these meetings. Having their names doesn’t make them any more or less
memorable for me. The name is simply a bonus.