- Aug 29, 2017
- New Jersey formerly NYC
- Multi Format
Nothing deceptive at all.
You engage with them because you are interested in them.
You photograph them because you like doing that, and because you know that interesting people result in interesting photographs.
But you don't engage with them just for the purposes of photographing them.
And sometimes you don't end up making a photograph - which is fine.
And if you don't enjoy engaging with people, that is fine too. But portraiture isn't the same as "people" photography - it requires engagement. And It is more fun!
I've done lots of photography where I was tasked with making photos of people - journalism, weddings, portraits, meet and greets, even a few publicity photos - and that definitely helps build some of the technical skills, which is useful. It is great when the photographic technicalities are instinctive.
You gotta know thyself. I'm not a people person at least for portraits. Just talking to take a picture doesn't interest me. If I tried to strike up a conversation, I'm not interested unless they;re doing something that interests me. Portraits are pretty much for family and friends.
I'm more of a street picture taker who's interested in the oddball, interactions among the subjects, juxtaposition, or that the picture and subject are saying something to me. Then I snap.