SAFAA KAGAN

Safaa Kagan lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, but was originally born and raised in Casablanca, Morocco. She participated in our Burma 2018 workshop and was awarded Photographer of the Month April 2018. Below is a selection of her work from the trip.

1. What kind of photos are you most interested in taking? 
I like to photograph people in general and have developed an interest in travel portraiture through my passion of exploring new places, cultures and traditions around the world.

 

2. What motivates you to continue taking pictures?
I have always been fascinated by the human connection, especially when the only way to communicate when you don’t speak the language is through the eyes. Portraits can reveal so much about a person, yet leave much more to the imagination. The beauty of it all is sharing that sacred moment between the subject and the photographer that sometimes can live to tell many stories.

 

3. Whose work has influenced you most?
One of my favorite photographs was of the Afghan girl by Steve McCurry. Her eyes told more of a story than any article could say. I have admired similar portraits of Mr. McCurry’s work and was fascinated by the unlimited possibilities the power of photographs can carry.

 

4. Which is your favorite lens? Why?
I have to say that my favorite lens is my fixed Canon 85mm 1.2  I love how sharp it is and the depth of field it creates. This lens keeps the focus on the eyes and softens the skin without the need to use a filter. I also love how it’s not intimidating or distracting when I am walking around a village or if I am about to photograph young subjects.

 

5. Among your photo batch, which one is your favorite and why?
I have to say that I love the portrait of the little Kayan girl. I am a mother of young children myself so I love to photograph children from around the world and share the pictures with my own kids. They are very inquisitive and fascinated by these portraits from other tribes and cultures who are probably the same age. They ask me questions about them and I am sure if I spoke the language I would have been asked the same questions about my own children.

 

6. What did you think of your workshop with Better Moments?
Better Moments has expanded my horizons when it comes to travel photography. My training has been in a studio setting with strobe lighting, a crew of makeup, hair, stylists and a more controlled environment. The work is very different and much more challenging when I am totally stripped out of my comfort zone to say the least.
Traveling with Better Moments has given me a sort of safety net. I was surrounded with amazing photographers who were always there to coach me if I needed assistance, amazing local guides who knew how to work with photographers to find great locations to shoot in the right time of day. It made it so much more pleasant and less stressful.