http://www.mjaneross.com/?st=maps27 Most of the photo essays here are projects that span years in the making. Some, like Memories of the Sacred or In Search of the Buddha span decades. Then there are the odd ones that are the result of very short, intense bursts of work, eg Semana Santa or Yangon. They were either published as a whole in large format books or in parts over time in magazines.
http://www.mjaneross.com/?st=maps26 All of them stem from a personal sense of involvement with the subject, some perhaps more powerfully so than others. I tend to let the situation dictate how I shoot it, and I have always believed more in being “captured by the moment” rather than “capturing the moment”.
Having worked with film and digital, monochrome and colour (as well as various permutations thereof), not to mention different format cameras, I do recognize that my approach can be varied. I’ve never felt myself to be a “specialist”, which in some ways can present challenges. However it doesn’t deter me as it is more about the images themselves and what they convey. A photo essay gets its strength from the combination of images which take the viewer into and around the subject. Even a very strong lead shot benefits from the support of other photos in telling a story.