Tuesday, August 16, 2011

#53 One teacher to another

Yesterday I got asked if it's difficult to get people to pose. To be honest, how difficult it is depends very much on the subject photographed. 

As with everything in life, there are some people who are excellent at it, most are average and few beyond help. Since the whole joy of the exercise is to stop random people that catch our eye in the middle of the street, there is no way of telling what they are going to be like therefore it's best to cherish the moments when you stop someone amazing at posing, enjoy and direct the ones who are average and wrap up the shoot quickly and thank the subjects for their patience politely, if they are not very good at it or freeze in front of the camera. At the end of the day it is all  about fun and games.

Most people I stop ask me how I want them to stand and I will often direct them to a particular spot and suggest a pose. Some will take initiative or adopt a natural stance that works. In the end all we mostly manage to take is two or three photos so we need to make them count and if they don't work, then they don't. There will be another person to stop down the street.

This lovely lady who happens to be a special needs teacher was the most wonderful lady. She also had amazing camera earrings. She was one of those people, who asked for directions and followed them very well, so natural in front of the camera. A true joy to photograph. Thank you.

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