Helen Chen captures people she encounters with her camera with a very personal and intimate touch. In her images we can feel the strong rapport and relationship she builds with her subjects. She makes people relax and she makes them act naturally in front of the camera. Anyone who has tried to photograph people – and haven’t we all on some level – know how difficult that can be. In her photos the people being photograph give of themselves; her photos offer a glimpse into their spirit and character. We see them as human beings with a heart and a soul – and we see Helen in that relationship built between her and her subjects. Her photos are straightforward and without any hocus pocus – which is also their strength. They shine solely because of Helen’s strong connection with the subjects and because her subjects let her capture their humanity. In this interaction between photographer and photographed, Helen gives just as much as they do, of more precisely; they give because she does. The photos shown here is part of the personal project Helen Chen did for the eWorkshop «Finding Your Personal Voice» she attended last spring. For more of Helen’s work, go to her HHC Blog.