Quote Originally Posted by Ming Rider View Post
Good point and one I've tried in the past.

There's two main reasons. Any closer and I start entering their space and I/they begin to feel uncomfortable. Secondly, because (especially with such a sensitive subject) I like to show the whole and include some of their 'world' in order to emphasise and bring awareness to their situation.

If I shoot head and shoulders, it comes out as 'look at this guy, he's dirty/bad teeth/tatty clothes' etc . . .
A few thoughts.

First, a longer lens could mitigate the grain some too, anything that makes the subject larger on film.

Second, talk to your subjects, get to know them a bit, tell them what you want/why, and ask permission.

Third, offer a couple bucks or something in return for taking the photo.