Remarques sur la photographie les gens ...

Un ami m'a dit cela à la fois:

«J'aime vraiment regarder des photos en gros des étrangers. Je pense que vous le faites si bien dans votre travail, Lola, mais je pense que vous savez presque toujours les gens que vous photographiez ou travaillent avec leurs entreprises. »

La vérité est plus de 90% de mes photos prises lors d'un voyage sont souvent des inconnus alors je pris sa déclaration comme énorme compliment.

Je dis souvent que l'obtention d'un parfait inconnu pour se détendre assez longtemps pour vous donner accès momentané dans leur monde est l'une des parties les plus difficiles de la photographie Voyage. Mise en place d'un trépied avec les meilleurs paramètres techniques pour tirer un paysage magnifique est 20 fois plus facile que de marcher jusqu'à un inconnu et pointant une caméra dans leur visage.

How do you disrupt people going about their daily business and interact with them in such a way that they invite you into their world?

This can be nerve-wracking, especially for photographers who also happen to be introverts (*raises hand*). And so, many people tend to shy away from taking environmental portraits of people by sticking to street photography and candid “sneak” shots of people.

Why? Because these are just some of the reasons we convince ourselves why we don’t approach people.

“I don’t want to bother them.”

“I feel like I’m intruding into their world.”

“I don’t want to objectify them, so I’d rather take a well-crafted selfie of myself.”

But there are two main reasons why many of us are afraid of photographing strangers while traveling.

(1) Fear of rejection

Rejection sucks. It is one human emotion we can all collectively say we would like to get rid of (alongside hate). Rejection causes a momentary shift in power and pushes us into an emotional space where we question ourselves and the decision we made to warrant that rejection.

(2) Shame caused by rejection

Oftentimes, when we are rejected, there’s usually an audience. It’s done in public in front of other people, which in turn brings on the shame. We no longer feel confident and embarrassment rushes in.

Do you notice what these two reasons have in common?

Ego.

The main reason why we’re afraid of photographing people during our travels is that we’re putting ourselves and our own emotions first instead of theirs.

The minute you ask someone to invite you into their personal space, the interaction no longer becomes about what you want, but rather, what they are willing to share and give you.

Photographing people during your travels means:

  • Being vulnerable and humble – You can still be very self-confident yet vulnerable and humble.
  • Putting your subject in charge – Yes, oftentimes you have to give up control and be willing to let them reject you.

“If you are humble and willing to learn off everyone that you meet when you travel, people will let you into their world by sharing their stories”

…Shane Dallas, The Travel Camel

To respect means “to have due regard for (someone’s feelings, wishes, or rights)”.

And oftentimes, many of us aren’t ready to fully respect their feelings even though we say we do, because we prematurely put ourselves and our own feelings before theirs.

Once we come to grips with the fact that the entire exchange isn’t about us and what we want, then we’ll start opening ourselves up to improving our travel portraits.

And rejection will lose its sting.

So, what do you think? Have you struggled with photographing strangers during your travels? Please share below.