If I am documenting a small community, I have to be accepted first. It may take quite some time before they are comfortable enough and I can start photographing them. This is like being an outsider who wants to be a part of the community. As time went by, the atmosphere became more friendly, I might be sitting on a chair in the street with them, sharing thoughts and chatting about Harlem and then the feeling of being an outsider slowly vanishes. I felt rather at ease with them. If I am on the street casting to shoot/scouting, it usually takes a few minutes or less to photograph him or her. It’s very important for me to position myself as an observer but not as an outsider.