I am sorry I was away for a while, I had too much on my plate, to be honest. But what better time to update this blog than during these difficult times caused by the coronavirus outbreak, where we, unfortunately, have to spend so much time at home.
Honestly, it hasn’t been easy, work suffers when there is a pandemic like this. Some of my clients postponed their weddings and gatherings, so there has been less demand for photographers in general. Back in December, I was meaning to do some bathroom renovations, looking at options for bathroom tiles, checking out reviews for water heaters at tanklesscenter.net…I was so excited. Needless to say, all that will have to wait now as money is tight. However, I am the type of person that always tries to look at the bright side of life, so I will use the time at home to hone my photography skills. Also, I have more time, and it’s exciting that I am back on this blog, ready to share my thoughts on photography and much more!
During this pandemic, one thing that has become increasingly important is empathy. I’m now getting older and images of empty shelves at stores have been particularly upsetting for me. I understand that citizens acted out of fear. As the country is struggling with the outbreak, gripped by panic, many started to stock up on necessities. But for those of us who weren’t fast enough, this meant going to a grocery store and finding empty shelves. So the need to find empathy with us and act compassionately towards the others, especially the senior citizens, has never been more visible than now. That is why I decided to dedicate this post yo empathy, and more precisely, the connection between portrait photography and empathy.
To be a good portrait photographer, you need a wide and long zoom lens, a tripod, or a monopod and other essential equipment. But no less essential is a thing called empathy. This is because good portrait photography is capable of conveying deep feelings just like good music or good poetry. So a good portraitist would put themselves in the shoes of the subject, to start to understand what they are feeling, what they are going through, or to understand their attitudes on life.
So how do you achieve this? You can start by trying to engage with the subjects in a way that will create space for them to feel comfortable while you’re taking photos. Avoid viewing the people you’re taking a photo of as objects, try to establish a connection with them as the one you would try to establish with a friend. You can also consider the advice by Sean Tucker. You need to be able. He suggests that portraitists should also have their own photos taken regularly. By doing so, we are reminded of what it’s like to be in front of the camera, instead of simply behind it.