Leticia Alaniz and I crossed paths in a bizarre coincidence. She was dressed in a beautiful red Sari for an engagement shoot with another photographer who is a good friend of mine. I just snapped a few pictures of her – my instinctive reaction to any beautiful sight. Leticia saw something in her portraits that she was able to articulate in a way no one, not even I, had ever been able to express before. Her words arose in me a new awareness of my images and the stories they tell.
"Why does a photograph have such a powerful effect on our emotions? We can be transported thru an image into our imaginations to stories that convey deep messages of happiness, sadness, triumphs, or distant lands or even the exotic, grotesque, and the all too expected simple beauty. William Bichara's photographs wonderfully capture emotion, and you cannot help but wonder: what is on his mind when he looks thru his lens? What takes over his thoughts and grabs his spirit to press away at the shutter? There is no doubt that his sentiment is portrayed and his message is clear.
All photography captures a moment, but Bichara not only captures moments but the spirit of the subjects he photographs, it may be a living or a still life, but it becomes emotional and thus we become a part of his subjects.
I had the privilege of being captured by his keen eye and sensibility with his camera. The truth is that it was a photo session with no aesthetic direction except a beautiful, Indian saree that I wore. It was simply the mood and romance of the moment that was to be photographed. I was just the carrier of that mood. He was briefed on the sentiment , and he captured what he felt and his reaction of those feelings. The results are stunning, poetic, and beautiful. The story is told, and once again without fail the emotions are conveyed. Bichara proves to be an artist and his medium: the camera." - Leticia Alaniz
An inspiring philanthropist, a singer, a model and very dear friend, Mina Chang has often graced my portfolio with her stunning pictures. And just like she touched many lives with her charity work, she has touched mine with her big heart and her appreciation of my photography. This testimonial by Mina will always be one of my most cherished endorsements:
"With the masses having access to high tech cameras and even cameras on cell phones, the title 'photographer' seems to have been diluted in the world of art. As a recording artist and model, I have the great opportunity to work with photographers all around the world. But the tastefulness and elegance that your work exudes will always make you my favorite. When I look at your archives, I am always moved to want to know more about the person you photographed. I think that is what makes your work so distinctive. Your photos stir the emotions and make the viewer want to take action in some way. When we look at your art, we are not just looking at a photo. We are seeing it. I feel that I get to experience a glimmer of the subject's soul when I look at your work. Whether it is the beauty in the delicate lines and battle wounds from a gentleman's face or the simple glow of a woman's body, you are able to translate your perception of beauty into an image. Today, a beautiful picture is just not enough and I love that you really believe that. Your portraits capture intensity, grace, elegance, strength and beauty into timeless images. Ansel Adams said that there are always two people in every photo; the photographer and the viewer. I'm so honored to have had the opportunity to work with such a gifted photographer. Thank you for embracing all of the challenges and sharing your creativity and passion with the world. " - Mina Chang