Let’s start this year’s collection of photographic art with one of my favorite subject matters to photograph – the human face.
Photography is not a flattering media for portraying people. The camera cannot capture the vision of the mind’s eye. It cannot capture the emotion of the moment of its capture or its subject matter. A camera only records the light and the dark. Despite the limitations of the camera, the art of photography is to create an image that evokes emotion in the soul of the viewer.
Faces are innately fascinating to humans. We look at a portrait and try to judge the nature of the person. We automatically ascribe emotion to the person portrayed in the photo. Regardless of whether the person is old or young, male or female, we try to see beyond the surface of the painting or photograph to understand the person.
This is why portraiture appeals to us all.