I have to chuckle when people say “Oh, just a picture!” or “a picture of me.” Yes, there are still pictures of people. But I am the only one who knows their face. I have to find that unique, personal, compelling picture that makes you feel like you know them.
For me, one of the most satisfying parts of a photo is knowing that one day my picture will be on the front of a magazine or on the cover of a book. But because I am not the one who took the picture, I don’t have the same kind of ownership over the image as a photojournalist who took it.
While it’s true that most photojournalists take pictures of the people they’re covering and the things they’re covering with very little thought on their part, I believe that photographers have a responsibility to their subjects. That is, to create the kind of picture that will capture what they saw and feel in that moment.
The word “photograph” is a noun, which means that the image is a description of something rather than the thing itself. And when I say that I am not the photographer, I am not referring to an actual photograph of my subject. I am a photojournalist. And as such, I am responsible for what I take. And this responsibility includes taking pictures of things that are visible to humans.
We know it’s possible to create images that are like the images of the human body. This is the reason why I prefer to use a photojournalist. My camera is probably more comfortable to photograph than anyone else and I hope there is a similar type of photograph possible.
This article is a bit too long. I would probably be interested in writing about this.
One of the things I’m looking forward to most in the future is using the image of my face in a magazine article or blog post. I’m glad I can’t do that right now, but that’s because I have some interesting ideas about how it could be done. One thing I’ve been thinking about is using the shape of my face as a sort of “shape” of the space where my face is.
A photo is a photograph. It’s a digital image. It’s a representation of something that exists. A photograph has many different sizes, shapes, and angles. A smile has a particular shape that makes it easy to recognize. But a face has one very prominent feature that tells us it is a face. That one feature is the eyes. Eyes are the most common feature and they are there for a reason. They convey a person’s identity.