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Hanging Out With the Locals
Natives inspire young pro to pursue travel photography.


James Neuendorf


James Neuendorf


James Neuendorf


James Neuendorf


James Neuendorf


James Neuendorf


James Neuendorf


James Neuendorf



"You have to talk with the people. You've got to go into their lives. When they're comfortable you get more natural smiles. Make an attempt to let them show you who they are," he says.

Neuendorf is a digital photography lover, and favors the Nikon D50 (18-55mm lens) for travel work because of its durability and unobtrusive nature. It's also light which allows him to keep things steady. Even better, it's less expensive than having to process thousands of 35mm shots. And there is no need to reload, he says.

He counts former United Nations photographer John Isaac as a mentor, admiring his portraiture which "captures people with dignity."

His style is revealed in the unique framing of his subjects and the attention paid to the mouth and eyes. The young shooter likes to get really close to a subject to establish a sense of intimacy within the image but strives, "to always be respectful and gutsy at the same time. Try new things and try not comparing to what you know. Natives will view you as an equal [if you do] and you will have a better experience and better photographs."

To contact Neuendorf, email him at neuenj@cuaa.edu


   







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