Self Portrait, 2016


My Belief

The story goes that when indigenous people were introduced to photography for the first time, they reacted to it with fear, mistrust, and superstition. This is because they didn't understand the technology, and after viewing a photograph that had been taken of one of their own, they believed that they were viewing the individual's imprisoned soul. Thus, cameras came to symbolize objects that would steal the soul. Today, you may think of that as a silly belief, but please, humor me. Consider the thought that there is truth in the idea that cameras steal souls. For instance, have you ever felt moved by a photograph? Have you ever viewed an image of someone, whether you knew the person or not, and felt what you believed they were feeling in the moment the photograph was taken? The feeling may have been joy, sadness, anger, or even pain. That's something, right? Yes, cameras do steal souls. They steal them, and in the right hands these souls are refined into something more. They become images that we can connect to. They're images that speak to those that can feel the connection. That connection is possible, it exists, because there's a bit of soul in each photograph.

Drake Masters

I am a professional fashion, editorial, and advertising photographer based in New York and Philadelphia.