What are you saying?
Recently, I was contacted by Redfin to contribute to a blog about creating picture walls. The general question is what makes a good picture wall or gallery in your home. Lets explore the idea of capturing emotions in photos.
First, think about what makes a good photo. Beyond the basics, for example lighting, composition, and so on. Ask how does the image make you feel? Did you capture emotion in the images?
Start by being aware of what your thoughts and feelings are when capturing an image. The above image is of a grand daughter, and grand father. When the photo session started, the faces were the main focus. Then I noticed the contrast between a set of teeny tiny fingers, and adult hands. The outcome was this image capturing the love and agelessness of the moment.
Time and feelings
Capturing time and feeling at this rodeo is simple. One quick moment illustrates the power of the bull, and the vulnerability of the humans. Note the two in the back attempting to get out of the ring. This guy made it out ok by the way.
Admittedly, not many folks I know would take this photo on vacation. Taken in the beautiful city of Quito, Ecuador, we see this man sitting on a shop window. Above his head, perhaps a mannequin inside and some reflections on the glass suggest he is being pushed or held down. The result is an image that has a strong emotional statement.
In contrast to the Ecuador photo, here we have a long empty home in Unga Alaska. This home stands against a stormy sky clean green hills and wildflowers. Personally, I can almost smell the clean air, and quietness of this area.
Finally the above image. Quiet, and a bit creepy, the current state of this aged ride is in direct contrast to the joy, laughter and fun of its previous days.
In conclusion, images are a powerful way of communicating emotion.
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Shelly Gist says
Very cool! I wouldn’t have thought about things that way!
Andrea Johnson says
Thanks! I’m glad you found this post helpful. My intent with this site is to always assist others create, or discuss.