Unless it’s a personal thing, I tend to photograph “famous people” (or people who have a following) for two reasons. I either appreciate them for who & how they are, or I am infatuated with their work. Ultimately, they often end up becoming one and the same, but not always. Some of these individuals are incredible humans but their craft or skill doesn’t necessarily speak to me (which doesn’t mean much considering personal taste is nothing that can be argued over). Others produce incredible work and ideas, but they’re just not so nice, interesting or pleasant to be around.
Either way, I genuinely admire and respect all of them, both as subjects and as individuals who have ‘made it’. That these people have - through hard work and dedicated focus, by times against great odds - been able to reach any level of legitimate stardom or achievement is nothing short of meritorious; especially when it comes to certain closed circles and saturated industries.
Paraphrasing the great Jonwayne, I have respect for anyone who works hard and makes something of themselves because “life is tough and most of us give up”.
The way in which situations play out and objects are arranged or abandoned; the way messages are written, places built, and spaces decorated (or not). It’s all in the details and it all means something, even if the meaning probably varies depending on the observer.
Once you learn to care, when observing becomes looking at but also feeling, you can record images with your mind or with a camera. Ultimately, there should be no difference between the two....
Photographer Elliott Erwitt phrases it otherwise and well: "To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.”