“There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer.” – Ansel Adams
For the next few weeks, we are going to be examining the role of the audience on our photography. After all, what is art without someone to experience it? That said, can worrying too much about what others will think of our work change the work and in what ways. Does it alter how we approach our photography? How we set up our shots? How we edit? What we share? Are we driven by a desire to improve, to more clearly communicate our vision, or are we simply seeking approval?
This week we are sharing a photo where audience was a consideration. My little ones returned from a hoarse back ride out on the farm with their grandfather and uncles and aunts, I wanted to capture an image I would love, and cherish forever. I was the audience and the photographer, but was looking to capture a shot that would be pleasing to others and ideally beautiful. Because this place means so much to me, I am sure that there is a whole emotional aspect to this photo, which others may not appreciate….but it will clearly hold a special place in my heart forever.