Primarily based between New York Metropolis and Los Angeles, Thea Traff started her profession in pictures as a photograph editor at The New Yorker, adopted by TIME journal, working within the editorial world for a complete of eight years earlier than leaving final fall to give attention to constructing a portfolio of her personal. “As I’ve decided my fashion and method as a photographer, I’ve tried to fill some holes that I perceived there to be on the earth of editorial portraiture; I felt there was a necessity for extra emotive expressions and progressive gestures in lots of the portraits I used to be seeing as an editor,” she explains.
With a deep curiosity within the psychology of human communication and connection, Traff has given vital thought to the methods wherein photographers can foster connection between their viewers and topics. She elaborates: “Exhibiting vulnerability is how we join with others out on the earth, so I’ve figured that the extra vulnerability we understand within the topic’s expression or gesture, the extra a reader will join with the topic and their story. In different phrases, the extra vulnerability, the extra profitable the picture could possibly be in establishing this connection.”