"I think it has to do with the fact that I deal with people all day long in my business, and because I am not a natural "people person", by the end of the day I've had enough of them!"
William, that strikes chords in my head.
I'm not particularly a 'people' person in the flesh, either. It's not that I don't really like many people, though there are indeed a few that I'd cross the street and look into a shop window to avoid. It isn't really as personal a thing as that, in general. More, it's that I find most people have very little with which I find common ground - what the hell to talk to them about? Football? Girls (at my age, I should write a book - short - instead)? Food? Wines? Music?
But, I found it very easy to deal with models: 'twas simple - I was on their side.
What I generally find is that though I'm not given to being the life and soul of any party, I do find it easy and also satisfying to work in crowded places and shoot whatever the gig happens to be. A crowded room of happy(ish) people has a vibe of its own and I can pick up on it. For instance: at this afternoon's jazz gig they played Monk's Blues (Thelonious Monk) and it was electrifyingly good - quite got me going, that did, but will I find anything like it in the pics? I doubt it very much - it just felt good. I remember in her sister's biopic of Annie L that Annie says: I realised you can't photograph dance. I think she could have extended that to music, but maybe that would have, in her case, been counterproductive to good business...
Still speaking of Ms L: as I was chatting to the bass player's wife today, we were joined by some other people whom I didn't know, and so I shot them too. When they left I said to the girl that I felt I was turning into the said Annie; who dat? was the reply... I took solace: she doesn't know A.L. but she knows who I am. Hmm, interesting perspective onto which I must hang!