This is not Fight Club
12 Dec 2020 8:37AM
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First rule of portrait photography – you have to find your subject interesting. Ivan Weiss, portrait photographer. And I need to emphasise that all of the pictures in this blog are mine though you can find his portfolio on here, or look at his website to find numerous images that will I suspect knock your socks off.
Ivans been a member of this website for a while, and his delicately-lit and perfectly posed portraits have delighted me. I find that he tends to relieve me of User Awards pretty regularly. One of my ambitions is to sit in front of his camera, and see what happens: his precise technical work is, I have always realised, just one part of the magic.
A consistent feature of good photographers in every genre is that they are interested in the world. They want to see, understand, observe and question and then to share their understanding with others. This underlies so much of what goes on in our hobby, even for those who make it a profession: they tend to remain amateurs in the sense that they LOVE taking pictures. Look at Platon, who I wrote about several months ago both the Netflix documentary and the YouTube clips show him as fascinated with people.
Its the same with any other subject theres got to be a fascination! One EPZ member is exploring the possibilities of light trails in a manner that I find fascinatingly methodical: others pursue wildlife with a passion that I cant match. Its really important that there are people who are fascinated by anything and everything, and we dont have to share their particular pursuits to be interested in the chase itself. Thats what makes photography a special thing well, one of the things.
By holding my camera, I give myself licence to be interested in people being interested. It doesnt mean that I want to do the same things they do, but it gives me a way in to a first understanding of things. You too? You know what to do, then