Photographer: Albrecht Tübke
For more than 20 years I've practised portrait photography and consider it my main field of expertise. I usually approach strangers in natural settings or streets. Social backgrounds are less relevant to me. In my work, observation and capturing of the energy and individuality of people, and the persona in the public space, are most important.
Not being based in London, challenged to find a person myself, and then matching the criteria of a specific nationality would have been tricky for me. So when meeting my subject at The Photographers' Gallery for the shoot, I was curious since I had not selected the person I was commissioned to photograph.
We met and strolled around Soho in order to get to know each other better. Simultaneously, I was looking for the right light and spot with a simple background. After walking for hours, we ended up shooting outside The Photographers' Gallery. Suddenly everything appeared with the perfect light and backdrop. We'd also bought a dress and a hat in a local shop. The shoot was quick, I arranged my flash, and took 20 shots in a row. My instinct told me right away: I got my picture!
by Albrecht Tübke, photographer – www.tuebke.info