1/9th of a second into a soul

When shooting candid portraits in the streets, I often position myself and wait for my subject to make eye contact with me. This is my “decisive moment”, that 1/9th of a second where a stranger is caught off guard and let’s you see his state of soul.

The moment after, it’s all gone. Smiles, fear, shyness, indifference … you already interfered in his world.  (click on a picture for high res)

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Leica M8 with 35mm Summicron IV at F2.0, 1/180, ISO160

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