Anybody that regularly reads this site will know that #FriFotos, the social media photo sharing hashtag is a favourite of mine. Welcoming any opportunity to share both other people’s great images as well as a few of my own favourites. Especially pleased when the chance to include a suitable post presents itself, and a passion for people photography seems appropriate.
Passion is also something I value greatly, it is a quality which seems essential for success, and that passion is very attractive. Knowledge, and experience are important, but those most passionate about their field of expertise, will ultimately be the most successful. The trick is usually converting that passion into a format which others can also appreciate.
Fortunately, photography is a medium, which most of us are able to enjoy. FriFotos is both a popular and effective way of sharing that passion.
Capturing images from my travels, is an obvious passion, but some of my favourite topics are street photography, and the people who I get to interact with along the way. Sometimes, these maybe fleeting moments, drifting past each other in the labyrinth of a medina of a north African country, among the swaying bodies enjoying the rhythmic beat of a Cuban salsa bar, or the colourful market stalls of a European market.
At other times these interactions, may last a little longer, making conversation with a stallholder at a Omani souk, enjoying the music of a street performer in a city underground system, or park, perhaps chatting to a waiter over a coffee outside a small Parisian bar.
Experiences like these are just some of the reasons we travel, seeking cultural immersion, and interaction with the locals of the destinations we travel to. People are the culture of any place, they speak the language, produce the art, a variety of entertainment, and build the impressive, artistic architecture. People turn simple ingredients into amazing cuisine, they found dynasties which endure for centuries, they have the history which extends for millennia, and makes destinations fascinating.
We even refer to different peoples, as cultures, and it is this mix of cultures that makes the world such an amazing place. The various civilisations of the past have developed numerous languages, made incredible inventions, advancements which would have seemed science fiction to their predecessors. They developed written language, which enabled them to record these advancements, allowing us to become the dominant life form on the planet.
We are a complex species, capable of love and hate, kindness and greed, understanding and ignorance, faith and scepticism, compassion and intolerance. It is these many facets, our numerous contradictions which make people such a great subject for photography. Portraying the various emotions which we are capable of expressing is a worthy challenge for any photographer.
An individual face will have lived so many different experiences, have so many stories to tell, each one etching it’s own particular timeline into their portrait. Every individual is unique, with their own story to tell. We brush with heroes every day, struggling to protect their families in extreme adversity, yet wearing a smile, and never too busy to help their community. Their stories may not always be evident, hidden behind their character filled faces, just recognising they have a story to tell maybe enough.
The world is made up of many cultures, but it is individual people that are the building blocks of these cultures, and capturing a little of their story, trying to share them is my particular passion.