Landscapes don’t talk. Interaction is limited, one sided. Landscape photography is calming, removes the modern world, silences all the usual media overload, distances all people and all things. You just slowly wade into the peace of nature, using the lens to capture those inner moments, hoping to bring that feeling onto a wall, to share.
People on the other hand, very different animal to photograph. Over the years I have been honoured to photograph many special life moments that close friends and family have been willing and trusting enough to share. From weddings to birthdays, holiday moments and annual events. Most of my people photography is candid - I use a long lens and take pictures unseen to the person in focus. I love capturing those times. Raw moments uncensored by observation with the noise and activity around them, fencing them in, enclosed in their temporal private garden, with me, painting the moment.
Now recently I have had the pleasure of two maternity shoots. One, was per the previous post, with good friends and now a week or so ago, with a couple I have never met before. This was not a remote landscape shoot, not the candid distant friend to camera relationship, no, this was as far removed from that. This was eye to eye through the lens. No hiding from either side. They could definitely see me as I saw them. And however initially confronting I thought it would be, it was a lot of fun and I enjoyed it thoroughly! It was great seeing both couples in that moment, a few weeks before one of the biggest events in their lives. An event I can totally connect with, as I was there 7 years ago and am currently enjoying my time with my beautiful daughter every day.
And I think thats the point. Connection. Having gone through solitary, before the alarm clock landscape shots, candid people shoots and now people portrait photography I see the thread between them all. Connection with nature and the land and the sea, connection with friends in the their unaware honest moments and connection with amazing people in one of their happiest and scary and exciting moments.
Each image holds that connection to the subject and to your inner self at the moment the we capture it. Small pieces of awesomeness packaged up in an image.