I just didn't feel like doing much at all this beautiful autumn morning. The 2012 Suncheon Photo Club exhibition concluded a couple of days ago, and I spent quite a bit of time last night working on submissions for an upcoming solo exhibit. I thought I would spend some time this morning just taking a look at what other photographers were doing.
In addition to being a member of the Suncheon Photo Club, the only foreign member of that august body, I am a member of the Gwangju Photo Club, too. I was revisiting some of the images posted on the GPC Facebook page from the recent Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk that many club members posted. Time and again, I kept viewing an image submitted by the Joe Wabe, who also happened to be the walk leader in Gwangju.
I realize not all of my readers will be able to view Joe Wabe's photograph of two Korean women here, because many do not have Facebook accounts. A wise decision on their part, I know.
The art of photographing the person is much different than taking a photo of people. Recording the mood, the feeling, the inner being of a person is no simple task. The subject must have a trust and a belief in the photographer, and the photographer must reciprocate. A bond between the persons is necessary.
While viewing the mentioned photograph above, I reminded myself of the photographic work by Claudine Doury. Rather than wax poetic using polysyllabic superlatives, I direct the viewer's attention to Claudine Doury's website here.
It is an art and a gift that just cannot be packaged and sold on one of those trendy photo sites, nor at some photo conference or workshop. It is inside a photographer, or it isn't.