By Gary Fong
Photographer: Laura Morton
Shooting “candids” at a social gathering seems easy enough, until everyone mugs the camera whenever it’s brought up to the photographer’s eye. One has to be fast and focused…or be invisible to capture people as they are.
Laura Morton is an expert at being invisible. If every photographer had the capability of being a fly on the wall, images of genuine moments would provide an isolated sense of people being real. Morton watches her subjects. She stays in the background, waits until they are preoccupied with others, then bringing her camera up to her eye, makes an image or two, then backs away.
She doesn’t draw attention to herself, but quietly lets the social mix form up pictures around her. The calculations for strobe, focus, and juxtaposition are constantly filling her mind…but staying invisible and looking for moments that will last a lifetime are paramount to her coverage.