This street photo is from my book “Based On A True Story” shot in Rio de Janeiro. I spent months in Rio both on commission for NatGeo and on my own creating the narrative for this book. I always tell those whom I mentor that it’s not just about the pictures but about the overall authorship, narrative, intent, and sequencing. To make a book, the photographer must have something to say. This picture out of the context of the book is still a picture I’d print as a single , yet as part of the book narrative it takes on a new life. If you are interested in developing a long term photo essay or book you might want to think about applying for my new online 6 month mentoring program for photographers who either have a very clear idea of where they want to be or for those who want to get to that clear idea. Many don’t need mentors. Yet most emerging photographers often need to find that key and it’s not about getting the right camera . Many these days are confused about how to move forward to maximize their potential as artists or as photojournalists. I’m only going to take 15 students for this 6 month marathon mentoring program. Portfolio review and FaceTime interview required for all applicants. See link in profile. I take my role as a mentor just as seriously as I take producing my own work. That’s the whole point. To make something actually happen. I’m a dreamer who is also results oriented. It takes those two elements plus a fire in the belly to get your work DONE.See also book reviews and tips on my IG Stories. Link in profile.