rigoletto 2012-02-05 12:13
Getting lost in labyrinths, pretending to shoot the doorways while waiting for the exact moment...
These tricks really work well.
In Turkey, in Europe or in Syria, i have usually done the same, if my intention was to make a photo with real people (not silhouettes). Indeed people are over reactive these days, the more reactive they are, the more i find the secure waters in silhouettes.
I have read your Shakespearean dialogue and last monologue with Tyro in which he tells how he finds peace in nature, as she never overracts upon being photographed, and you tell how you try to communicate with people you want to photograph. In Turkey the situation is a bit complicated. The tension of photographing public places (stations, malls etc) is high, because you could be a terrorist and be trying to maintain the plans of a public place (as if people cannot do it with their cell phones). The tension of photographing people on streets depends on their mood. Some TE friends found Turkish people to be really friendly. I observed how my people posed to foreign cameras with smiles on their faces. Becasue they were tourists, who could do no harm to them. When I, as a native, go and try to make their photos, they understand that i am Turkish, they would react, because i could sell their photos to a newspaper of twitt them to blackmail! This is funnily hypocritical. But believe me, in Turkey nobody would throw water on your face, whether they were on the beach with bikinis or inside the mosque with black veils. Anyway, you already seem to have found your deliberate ways of communication, and it arouses your photographer's lust, i understand very well and can say nothing more. For me, i am more on John's side, seeking no trouble with people (not being a surgeon, i even don't know where to stab the knife, LOL). Your way is much "dangerous" and needs the guts, so i congratulate you. Anyhow, take care of yourself and your belongings while getting lost in the labyrinths that you don't know well.
To rigoletto: The magic of the lenses
It's true that I have a tendency to get transported when talking about photography, as the passion doesn't attenuate since I began shooting 6 years ago.
And with people like John, it's easy to get into long description and ample details, as this guy is curious, interested and have strong opinions.
I have learned so much stuff through this site that I sometimes feel that I should share some of my own experience, and by doing so, it's often to illustrate the limits we impose on ourselves. By definition, I'm a very reserved person and it's through photography that I've developed a real taste to get in contact with people while traveling.
My first motivation was that book from Steve McCurry's portraits, and since then, I slowly progressed and evolved in my approach with people. And when I speak so enthusiastically about it, it's because it has been a revelation for me, and only now do I realize that the only obstacles were in my head.
I really enjoy landscape, architecture, street shooting and so on, otherwise photography would be very limited and repetitive, but as you are mentioning about yourself, portrait is often intimidating for a lot of photographers, and I was one of them not long ago.
I respect everyone's limits, but at the same time, I wish I could communicate and provoke that incredible experience of shooting people. And considering that it could sometime be a challenge that presumes a specific approach, I try to persuade some colleagues to overcome the fear of engaging with strangers.
I've said it already 4 or 5 years ago on this forum, but once you've shot the first dozen, the ones that makes you feel intimated and anxious, the one that makes you want to run on the opposite side, it becomes one of the most pleasurable part of traveling.
And you are right, there is probably some parts of the world where taking portraits is more challenging, but approaching people appropriately might be the key of it all. If Steve McCurry is able to shoot Afghans, Syrians or Americans, punks, monks or warriors, there must be a way to communicate between humans, no matter where they are coming from.
I'll be in Turkey in May, so we will see if Turks are more paranoiac then others... According to what I'm reading so far, these guys can't wait to have their portrait taken. Turks are natural posers...
Last edited by InasiaJones; 02-06-2012 at 11:56 AM.