Friday, April 22, 2011
A Passion for Faces
Yesterday was an anniversary of sorts for me. On April 21, 2010 my whole family came with me to our local photography store where I bought my now-constant companion, JD. Since then I've added Little Bit (my 50mm), Hubble (a great zoom), and Big Butt (a wide angle lens) to the family. I've used Christmas money to buy the best camera bag ever. I've taken and/or posted photos nearly every day since then.
Best of all, I've finally found that thing. You know, that thing I've been searching for for years and years. That way of making the deep places of my heart visible. I've wished to paint, but I don't have the skills. I've longed to sew, but I don't have the patience. I've longed to create, but my fingers don't work. I've wished for years to find some way of pointing out all the beauty I see. Some way of showing others all the joy I feel flooded with. Some art form that is my own.
And, I found it. Thank God, I finally found it. As I've journeyed this year with JD at my side, I've taken pictures of so many things. I've captured some of the beauty I've seen. I've learned a lot. I've had so much fun. But, most of all... Most of all, I've fallen in love with faces. I love people. And I love their expressive, wonderful, lived-in faces.
What I love most is taking pictures of people. Their faces specifically. I love finding just the right question to ask, just the right angle to shoot from to create the magic; the image that is a perfect reflection of who someone is. Of course I want people to look good and feel great about how they look, but I don't take glamor shots - go to the mall if you want that. The kind of pictures I want to take are the ones that make people get this tiny smile of recognition. It's in that moment that I know the old tribal beliefs had some tiny bit of truth in them. A camera can steal a part of your soul. Or, at least, reflect it back to you.
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