It should be no secret (and it isn’t now) that I discreetly photograph people I find interesting in order to inspire character. Look at her Converse boots! Her hair! I love her and I do not know her!
I store these pictures in a folder labelled ‘characters’. Since I snap them quickly, half of them are blurred, most of them are faceless, and some of them are of a single boot (I have a thing for boots) or the perfect bracelet that I think a character might wear.
So, you can imagine, when I discovered this beautiful photo project from New York Photographer Amy Touchette which features outstanding portraits of New York City teenagers, I was like a kid in a candy store, devouring these professional portraits like I had just received a passport to character inspiration nation.
I find these photographs incredibly inspiring and I wanted to share them here for anyone writing teen characters.
According to the Cara Buckley of the New York Times:
Ms. Touchette shot most of the photos in summer 2011, prowling the streets of Manhattan and Williamsburg looking for adolescents who were, in her words, “visually urban” — colorful, slightly attitudinal, and the clear products of New York.
Since I don’t have permission to share Touchette’s New York Young project on the blog, please clickety click here if you’re looking for a little character inspiration.
Where do you find character inspiration?