Photography records the gamut of feelings written on the human face, the beauty of the earth and skies that man has inherited, and the wealth and confusion man has created. It is a major force in explaining man to man.~ Edward Steichen
I’ll always remember this moment at the Navy Pier in Chicago. I was trying out a new telephoto lens when I spotted a young girl and her father whirling overhead on the ferris wheel. I love the look of delight and excitement on her face. I can still recall the satisfaction and thrill when my patience was finally rewarded after taking dozens of badly timed shots.
Photography is a mirror. It can capture the emotions of our subjects in front of the lens–in portraits or street photography–for example. Our photos can also evoke a mood in the people who view our images. A picture of a wooded path ensnared in fog will convey a very different emotion than a picture of a sunflower in a farmer’s field on a clear day.
Here are a few more examples:
This next photo captures a happy moment on a warm summer weekend in Chicago. I was fortunate to see these newlyweds posing for a photo in front of The Cloud Gate–the iconic reflective sculpture in Millennium Park. As an added bonus, the image also captures the looks of surprise and delight on the face of a little girl at the bottom of the image as she climbs under the sculpture. If you look closely at the reflections in the mirrored surface, you can also see a few more emotions on the faces of the spectators nearby.
The next image of street art was captured in Chicago. I love the comic book style of the artist and the hero’s face reflecting anger, grit, and determination.
I can’t look at this sculpture of Medusa with snakes coiled in her hair without cringing a little. This photo conveys the emotions on the subject’s face (Medusa) and it also evokes an emotion in the viewer.
Your choice of subject can influence how your viewers react to it. In addition to Medusa, this next image of rows and rows of white grave markers of soldiers killed in the Normandy invasion in World War II is chilling. The contrast between the diagonal rows of white crosses and Stars of David against the vibrant green grass contributes to the impact of the image.
This week, LAPC #131 gives you the opportunity to focus on emotions. Show us portraits or street photography that captures people’s feelings, such as happiness, anger, sadness, curiosity, or fear. Or, choose a subject or scene that evokes an emotion in the viewer. If you are able to shoot new images in your area, consider how light and shadow, the weather, warm or cool colors, the surroundings, and your choice of subject might impact the emotional response of your viewers. In your post, include a link to my original post and use the Lens-Artists tag so that everyone can find your post in the WP Reader. We hope you join us!
Looking back at last week, Anne Sandler’s It’s a Small World challenge gave us the opportunity to view many fabulous macro/micro and close-up images from your collections. A special thanks to Anne for being a wonderful guest host and giving us the chance to explore the world on a micro level. She also reminds us to look for beauty in small things.
For those of you who want to plan ahead, the lovely and talented Ann-Christine will be our host for LAPC #132 next Saturday, January 23rd at noon.
I’ll end my post with a note of gratitude to all of you in our creative community who remind me of the enduring power of creativity and community in these difficult times. Your continued participation, support, enthusiasm, and creativity inspire us! Have a wonderful, creative week and please stay safe.