I love the people I photograph. I mean, they’re my friends. I’ve never met most of them or I don’t know them at all, yet through my images I live with them
- Bruce Gilden
Maybe it’s a bit freaky to say that I get quite attached to some of these photographs and in a sense to the people. It’s definitely true for me that the majority of these people I only meet for maybe a minute or less, then the likelihood is I never see them again, but still, I have these photographs of them.
And behind the scenes I have them all in an portfolio folder that I can keep flicking through, so I guess I get to know them really well. It’s why sometimes if I should ever happen to see the same person again and I remember them, I can quite often reel off exactly what they were wearing when I saw them last; can recall that lingering feeling I got in our mini-experience because it’s been frozen in the photograph forever. It’s both surreal and nice at the same time, and perhaps it’s how any photographer feels who has a taken a photograph that means something to them.