The moment you get to know someone and talked to, it changes the whole thing. You can tell something about him/her and got a story with the photograph. That’s much closer to a good portrait than a snapshot of a stranger.

Severin Koller on The Cliches of Being a Street Photographer. Normally I love photographing people going on with their lives and sorta wonder what’s on their minds based on their expressions. I don’t always get the chance to interact with every single person I photograph on the streets but I have notice a difference in the work with the people I’ve had the chance to mingle with.

Prime example would be this delivery boy I struck up a conversation with in Bushwick, Brooklyn or this Puerto Rican girl. Getting to know someone even for at least 10 minutes seems to get you one step closer to creating something intimate and different.