Canadian educator, writer and photographer Michael Ernest Sweet has a special way of seeing people that he translates into his unique street shots. Working mostly on the streets of New York City and Coney Island beaches, he’s never afraid of invading his subjects’ personal space and bringing his lens extremely close to the people whose faces and body fragments capture his interest.
Sweet’s photography style could not be mistaken with anyone else’s. He’s rather intolerant of safe zooms, choosing to bring himself only inches from his subjects instead. His photos are also known for their unconventional framing, cropping off less important parts of the subjects’ bodies, be it their eyes or even their entire heads. Sweet’s portraits work beautifully as some kind of shock therapy, forcing the viewer to see a lot more than one may expect.
Visit Sweet’s personal website to see more of his daring works.