My process is straightforward: The first thing I see is the portrait, meaning I identify a certain person in a certain location where I know I can make something interesting happen visually. Then I look for clues that tell me whether my potential subject is open to being approached. If they are, I quickly explain what I’m doing, and ask if they are willing to take the time to speak with me and have their photo taken. If so, I make sure they know I’m listening with my heart, and not just my ears. Then I try to make a portrait that captures them the way I see them. Most people are happy for a chance to have their voices heard. I’m grateful for the opportunity to connect the people who govern the city that I love with the people who are directly affected by their decisions.
Stephanie Glaros is a photographer and videographer based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. From 2005 to 2012, she was the Art Director for Utne Reader magazine, where she developed an interest in photojournalism, and realized the profound impact of storytelling. She has a B.A. in Women’s Studies from the University of Montana, and an A.A.S. in Graphic Design from Minneapolis Community and Technical College. In 2011, she joined the Graphic Design Department at MCTC as an instructor.
Her background in graphic design and passion for social justice issues shape her work. Her intention is to capture emotional stories that challenge biases and increase empathy. In addition to her blog, Humans of Minneapolis, Glaros has a regular column in Southwest Journal.