In any situation, whether buying coffee or talking with a stranger, it's fun to spin a brief moment in your head. Inspiration for portraits can't really come from anywhere else but the person you're photographing. Otherwise, you're not trying to portray that person.
Painter Lauren Wells says, “self-investiga tion is a bi-product of my painting process.” Through her work, she tries to better under stand the motivations behind the external self. “Typically, my stern gaze becomes the focus,” she says.