It's easy to view photos forgetting what it takes to capture an image. I used too often find myself guilty of losing an awareness of how I see an image, but now I try to hold myself responsible whether it be a spontaneous selfie or a National Geographic post. With this responsibility, I aim to expose this phenomenon. Especially to others who might not know they want to be inspired until they stumble upon something that speaks the thoughts they were yet to have.
If you want to really learn how to understand a photo then you should start taking them yourself. The process of creating photos is like chasing imagery in a dream, and engaging with your subject is like trying to describe it to a friend or loved one using their bodies as puppets. As you speak to them you remember different moments figuring out what actually happened or making it up as you go along. Until finally, after you both have laughed or cried over the strange process of re-enacting your memories, you finally create new ones that are captured forever.
The expression of the photo comes with the connection between:subject,photographer, and audience. The photographer creates a space of intimacy for their subject to vulnerably express themselves with a keen sense of awareness. This intimate space produces an image that is then communicated to the world for everyone that wasn't able to be a part of it, creating a socially acceptable peeping tom gallery that expands for miles.
Featured: Aubrey, Alice and Stephan
Special thanks to Lexi.