Beautiful people vs. Beautiful People

After a recent trip to South Africa, Richard Schultz came home with a beautiful collection of images.  He photographed such  wide variety of people, including an artist, a soldier, a skateboarder and a hunter. And of course, each image held its own special beauty.   When we asked Richard to reflect some on the new body of work, here is what he had to say.

“Beauty certainly is in the eye of the beholder. Looking through the pages of elites in Vanity Fair and then National Geographic  you would certainly get a different view of who populates our planet, but I think there’s beauty in both.

Models and movie stars are almost always easy on the eyes but what about the beauty one can find in everyday people? As photographers we get called upon to shoot fabulous models and famous people often, which we enjoy, but one of my favorite things to do is to make and find the beauty and uniqueness in the people we come across every day.  I think the authenticity and the details around that authenticity are what really grab me.  Those small caught moments that are so real it makes them special and gives a slice of, okay… just slightly idealized, life.