How does Charlie like being photographed? Does he know he’s being photographed? Is he a ham? Or is it just part of his life since you take many pictures of him?

In my previous life I shot models, muscicians, all sorts of people, and there are certain individuals who innately know how to work a camera, who love being in front of the lense.  I am the exact opposite – I hate having my picture taken unless I’m the one doing it (ie. self portrait).

Charlie has the gift.  When the camera comes out, he turns on.  I’m truly convinced he knows something significant is taking place, that we are creating together, that he is being seen…. His wariness drops away; sometimes he shows off and does tricks, sometimes he poses, sometimes he just is: the way he looks straight down the camera is rare even among humans.

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