I look for expressions on my subjects that leave me holding my breath. These expressions are often deep in thought and in the moment. The subjects have control over the feelings of trust and familiarity their expressions give off. Their expressions suggest you may have just asked them to be your friend or asked, “Do you like me?” In this moment the viewer has put his guard down and the subject has, for a split second, complete control over your emotions. This moment between accepting you or rejecting you, is frozen in the subjects’ face, lasting forever so that a viewer will never feel completely in control of the gaze. This feeling of gaze mixed with the deep care and understanding of the subject is the bittersweet moment I am interested in showing.