Wisdom from Instagram’s ‘must-follow’ photographer

In his year and a half on Instagram, Richard Koci Hernandez has carved out a niche as a must-follow street photographer, accruing more than 100,000 followers. Slate’s Heather Murphy interviewed him and interspersed his reflections here with a selection of his “yawnographs” — his term for photographs taken so subtly he actually reaches out one arm and yawns as he makes the picture.

Hernandez never looks at his iPhone screen while making a picture. “I don’t think I’ve looked at the back of a camera frame in the last ten years,” he says. This is a rule that applies not only to making cell phone pictures, but also when he’s using other cameras for professional photography jobs. He knows his camera so well he can just feel how each shot is framed.


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