This blog post was inspired by Deanna and her Tuesday post of a photo related to her photo essay topic, being human. Scrolling through my news feed on Twitter, I saw many beautiful and creative photos of all different sorts. Most were photos of objects, scenery, etc. There were not many with people in them. I found this rather interesting being as the generation we are in, pictures are always of people whether it be a selfie, group photo, photo bomb, whatever your choice of photo is.
Generally speaking, I think people often see people as “normal” as Deanna is speaking of in her photo essay proposal. People being normal often leads to the question “Why take a picture of them?” We like pictures that get likes, we want pictures people are going to look at and say wow, or I wish I was there. Our selfies have filters and are edited to our liking before anyone else gets to view them.
In her picture above, the concept of emotion in a picture is beautiful. The model in this case is being human, caught off guard doing what she normally does, laughing and smiling. This is not planned or photo-shopped, no filters needed. This is genuine and real. A photograph that shows who the real person is.
Take the photo above for example, a woman who has multiple faces, all photographed in one picture. Are they all her? Yes of course, does she choose which one she wants to “wear” that day? Maybe, depending on her story. BUT, is she human in all of them? YES! Everyone has these faces, these emotions but do we ever photograph anything other than happy, excited, surprised, etc? Have you ever taken a picture while crying or after crying and someone else saw it?
Photographs as we know and read in class, hold value. Or as Berger says, holds property value depending on certain aspects. The frequency of the photo, the originality of the photo, has it been remade or redone. On Instgram, you can find a million pictures of people in their natural state doing something they love with a smile on their face but what value does that have?
We know at the end of the day, that person, every person has more than one emotion, so how come we never photograph that?