"New York is an intense city. People are fighting not to be marginalized. And for those who come in from another country—or I came here from the South—our life is trying to be seen…And that’s why we shot with such a shallow depth of field. Because this is what Mother of George is really about: See these people that you see every day that you never pay attention to? Forget all that stuff around them: We’re actually going to pluck that person out—the man who sells those nuts on Broadway—and make you see who they are and what they’re about. That’s a lot to take on with a lens, to elevate someone’s concept of another human being by making that focus so resolved that you have to see them.”

— Bradford Young, the cinematographer for Mother of George (2013, dir. Andrew Dosunmu), on the decision to use a shallow depth of field

p.s. Try and see this film when it comes to your town this month. I think he’s made something quite special. 

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