I’m pretty sure he was trying to tell us something…
What makes us human? To me it is the emotions that we feel and the way we convey them to others. That is why I decided to focus on portraits. I love to freeze those beautiful reactions in time. From my perspective, the more you can connect to and feel the emotion you are viewing in my images, the more I feel I have been successful in my job.
I took a photo of a random object. I am interested to see if the feelings it conjures in me are different from those in other people. Alternatively perhaps you just see an object? I’d love to know.
I see sadness, emptiness and isolation. For the record it isn’t inspired by personal experience. It is a much loved swing that brings my children hours of fun!
I can’t help myself. Everytime my son is upset providing he is taken care of by his father at the time all I can see is a great opportunity to capture a really interesting face. When I look back at my children’s photos I don’t want a whole heap of happy faces staring back at me. My kids aren’t always happy. They are more than one dimensional. I want a record of that face that I remember so well in all its beautiful facets.
I don’t actually believe in making resolutions at the start of the New Year. Inevitably it is broken sooner or later and who needs to add pressure to themself in that way? In general I do resolve to accept people as they are and work with their personality traits and characteristics rather than battle against them. I am also resolved to continue learning about the craft of photography and to improve myself through my learning. If I fall off the wagon I am also resolved to be gentle to myself. I will not be hard on myself, I will just get back to it and keep going. Kind of like when you see a catwalk model take a huge dive in the middle of their performance and they pop back up just as though nothing has happened. Finally, I am resolved to love the things in life that make us human, not perfect. I will try to focus on and capture these things through my lens.
This photo is of my son W whose resolve was very firmly to go out the back door where he was not allowed to go at the time. He is expressing his dissatisfaction.
It’s pretty devastating when you can’t go out the back door.