Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Emotions

“Adopt the pace of nature. Her secret is patience.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Patti, this week’s host, writes, “Show us portraits or street photography that captures people’s feelings, such as happiness, anger, sadness, curiosity, or fear. Or, choose a subject or scene that evokes an emotion in the viewer. If you are able to shoot new images in your area, consider how light and shadow, the weather, warm or cool colors, the surroundings, and your choice of subject might impact the emotional response of your viewers.”

“All the knowledge I possess everyone else can acquire, but my heart is all my own.”
― Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

“You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm.”
― Colette

“You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.”
― Dr. Seuss

“But the love of sisters needs no words. It does not depend on memories, or mementos, or proof. It runs as deep as a heartbeat. It is as ever present a s a pulse.”
― Lisa Wingate

“Compassion is the basis of morality.”
― Arthur Schopenhauer

I find, as a photographer, that it is very difficult to capture a subject’s emotion without being intrusive. The most common expression when someone is taking your picture is one that is happy. When you’re in the throes of an uncomfortable emotion, do you really want someone snapping photos? To be allowed that privilege, the subject must either be very willing, trusting, motivated or without any choice. I would imagine babies are great subjects for capturing numerous human spontaneous emotions without any objection to being photographed. As adults, I suspect most of us would like to be more in control of what emotions we permit people to observe and record. Tricky subject, actually.

Instead, the photographer can use a simple object or scene to spark emotion in the viewer. Still tricky. What gives an object emotional significance at first view? That’s a good question for me. I’d like to explore this further in my photos.

Thanks, Patti, for the challenge!

21 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Emotions

  1. Photos are awesome of course – and the quotes were interred so well – but a top takeaway for me was your note about the intrusive nature of photography and this
    “As adults, I suspect most of us would like to be more in control of what emotions we permit people to observe and record. ”
    so true and this is why having Big Brother in our homes and listening on our devices (or in many homes they have cameras that are easy to hack into) – and I feel too often people minimze the invasion of privacy –
    I know you were talking more about photography and I have finally come to a comfortable place the street photography I take (and feel it is very important for those of us who desire to take them that we need to keep dong it as a way to share and preserve cultural connections and heritage) – but this was also a very good point you made:

    “…do you really want someone snapping photos? To be allowed that privilege, the subject must either be very willing, trusting, motivated or without any choice.”

  2. Hi, Priscilla. You have a wonderful collection. That first shot evokes a wonderful meditative mood in a gorgeous spot. I also love the baby shoe and the last image. They are marvelous examples of how an image can evoke a mood in the viewer. And your portraits are great, too! Well done!

  3. You always bring out emotions with your photography – sensitively caught. Your first shot is so beautiful – And I totally agree with your thoughts about the difficulties…and happiness. I chose happiness mostly. No intrusive camrea.

  4. Well said and shown Priscilla. Your images of objects is just as evocative as your lovely images of people, proving the point that emotions can be shown in many different ways. Your quotes work perfectly as well. Terrific.

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