Friday, 13 January 2012

Day 363 & Retrospective: people

I'll let you into a little secret: today's shot is a bit of a cheat. I took it yesterday, but I didn't get round to processing it until today. I've been so snowed under today with work and organising my move, that I've not managed to find the time to go out for a photo shoot.

There's a traditional Māori proverb that goes:

He aha te mea nui o te ao? He tangata! He tangata! He tangata!
What's the most important thing in the world?
It's people! It's people! It's people! 

I agree wholeheartedly with this sentiment, but so far my photography hasn't reflected it. Taking photos of people is scary. If you don't know the person it feels uncomfortable, and it can be just as awkward if you do know the person. After all, no-one wants to annoy their friends by constantly snapping away. Most people don't particularly like having their photo taken. Of course, it's different if someone wants you to take their portrait, but that's not happened to me yet!

Inevitably, quite a few of the 'people' shots I took during this project feature Iain. It's painful to see a photograph of him, but it would be even more painful for me to deliberately ignore the shots I've taken of him, as if he was never a part of my life.

1 comment:

  1. That flower photographs is lovely. The colour is breath taking! Good luck with all the moving stuff, I can imagine it takes up a lot of your time.