But first, I have to point out a minor milestone: blog post #300. For me, that's a bunch. I thank you for being here. Please contact me with ideas for future content. I want to provide material that will bring you back from time to time. :-)
Now, it's a Wednesday, so I'll show some thoughts of Scott Bourne of Photofocus. See Photofocus HERE.
Scott Bourne is not particularly a portrait photographer, his passion is wildlife and cars. But a recent blog post is about story in photography, and relates to all genre. It is entitled, "Ten Tricks to Telling More Stories With Your Camera. See it HERE.
Tip #1 resonates with me, "1. Make sure you admire the subject of your story. You don’t have to like them (it helps) but you have to admire them. "
Surely in portraiture this is true. Whether it be strangers met on the street, or a professional studio session, having a true interest in your subject can bring out gestures that imply stories. No "Say cheese" please!
Now, about loving your subject, I came across this journal entry by Ansel Adams:
"It was one of those mornings when the sunlight is burnished with a keen wind and long feathers of cloud move in a lofty sky. The silver light turned every blade of grass and every particle of sand into a luminous metallic splendor".
Did Ansel Adams admire his subject? Are his prints filled with story?