I never know what kind of photograph I am going to get when I’m shooting on the street. So much is dependent on the moment, my subject’s mood, how I approach them, and how much they trust me. I have to establish a level of comfort within the first few seconds of asking someone to take their picture. When I first approached the woman above she was very shy, but as soon as we started to speak I could see her start to open up. I commented on her gloves and told her that I had always loved looking through my grandmother’s drawers and seeing her wonderful pairs lined up in a row. I explained a little bit about my project and she said that she would be happy to pose for a photo. Our entire interaction lasted under five minutes, but I really feel like I captured the spirit of this incredibly gracious and elegant woman.