Capturing Connection - The Art of Coffee Shop Portraits

Capturing Connection - The Art of Coffee Shop Portraits

Kai Eason, a film photographer from Richmond, Virginia, has created a unique portrait series titled "The Coffee Shop Sessions." Over the past year, Eason has captured 100 film portraits in local coffee shops, aiming not just to photograph, but to forge real connections and conversations. His approach prioritizes authenticity and naturalness, encouraging subjects to come as they are. Eason uses a blend of vintage cameras and contemporary film stocks, personally developing the images to maintain the integrity and immediacy of each session. The project, nearing its conclusion with Eason's own portrait as the 100th, reflects a community's desire for genuine interaction, possibly culminating in a book or gallery exhibition.

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