All your photos are of you
It can be fascinating to observe photographers in action.
We all enjoy looking at a great image, but I’m sure you, like me, often find yourself wondering about the means which achieved that visually appealing end.
Seeing a snapper in action can give you a greater insight into the person behind the camera – from how they see the world to how they interact with people – than you might hazard a guess at from just seeing the final image.
I know quite a few photographers and they all have different ways of doing things, but who they are and the images they produce are inextricably linked.
I firmly believe that truly great photography is borne not out of a love of the act of photography itself, but a love of people and the world around us.
Canadian photographer Claire Bouvier is a great example of this and I hope she won’t mind me making her my case study for this post!
I met Claire last weekend through her friend, namesake and fellow Kingstonian, the beautiful Claire Hefferon, whom we both like to take photos of – I just get far more opportunities!
Ms Bouvier is a talented photographer, managing to combine a keen eye with an enthusiastic and effervescent approach.
Her eyes and imagination are very quick to pick up on what is going on around her and she’s also quick on the draw with her camera when she likes what she sees.
Claire is what I’d call a “constant framer”, always creating stills of real life with a photograph in mind.
Making people feel at ease with a camera aimed at them is not easy for most of us, but Claire has that happy knack.
It was great to see this lively shutterbug set off into the crowd at a concert armed with her camera, self-confidence and charm, making friends as she captured impressive images. No mean feat.
The drive to explore and discover, allied with a deep interest in the people and world around her are what seem to fuel Claire’s passion for photography.
The substantial point I’m driving at in this post is that no matter what or whom you aim your camera at, ultimately your photos say just as much about you as anything or anybody that may appear in them.
They are an expression of how you see the world, how you feel and, ultimately, who you are.
(Here’s a couple of unfiltered/unedited shots from the gig. Happy snapping Claire!)