Rather than take, photographer Jonathan Mannion seeks to give a photo, a fact he makes especially clear in his photographic connection talk.
Looking back over his impressive career (which includes photographing eight of Jay-Z's album covers), Mannion explains that connection is of the utmost importance in photography. When someone believes in his vision, it is a moment of conversation, connection and ultimately, trust. Mannion goes on to say that we need to take the time to engage with these moments, which are precious, fleeting and have the potential to make a difference in people's lives.
Moreover, Mannion recounts how photography has allowed him the opportunity to cultivate someone's legacy with them. In the case of Lil Wayne, Mannion was able to be a part of his growth and evolution as an artist. Mannion speaks to the incredible power he has as a photographer to frame a moment through his vision, ultimately contributing his perspective to an entire history of music.