Candid Portrait of an Artisanal Coffee Roaster at a Finca in Veracruz, Mexico

Brendan Larkin learns about coffee varietals on a finca deep in the mountains of Veracruz.

Brendan Larkin learns about coffee varietals on a finca deep in the mountains of Veracruz.

When traveling with a group, it's often difficult to find photos that illuminate what Henri Cartier-Bresson sought to capture with his portraits - the notion of "inner silence." 

He said, "Above all I look for an inner silence. I seek to translate the personality and not the expression." In this moment, I was happy to see Brendan Larkin, an artisanal coffee roaster working in Memphis, Tennessee, concentrating on the experience of being on a finca, or coffee farm, to learn about the single origin coffees of Veracruz. I like how the backlit branches frame his face, the dense thicket of coffee and banana trees close in the frame, and how the image evokes something of Brendan's personality, his earnest effort to understand the complexities of the coffee economy, and the reverence with which he and his fellow roasters had for the coffee trees and the people who work at each step of the process to bring coffee to cups around the world.