Candid Photography: Image of the Week #22: So, it’s nearly the end of the year and I’m up to Image of the Week 22. If this was twitter, it would be attributed with the #fail tag. Next year I have some different plans for this section of my website, which I promise will be kept up to date more often.
However, for the (probably) last post in this section of 2012 I wanted to include this very simple candid image from a wedding shot at the end of October. There is nothing remarkable about this photograph. In a world where we seem to have every single moment and movement captured, candidly, and shared on social media and Twitter etc, it’s actually nice to have a very simple, candid portrait opportunity. The two lads here came and sat opposite me as I was taking a break from shooting while the guests had their meal. I’m not known for my posed portraiture of course, but I observed the boys for a few moments and simply thought – why not? And why not? It’s not an award winning picture, there isn’t a massive amount of story telling going on.
I toyed with the idea of simply shooting this from the hip, as I sometimes do in situations like this with my X-Pro1. Instead, I wanted to get them to engage a bit so I raised the camera, waited for them to look (didn’t say Cheese) and click. Moment captured. Nice portrait captured. It’s simple Candid Photography. Story….yes, it exists – there is context to this picture but in essence it’s a simple candid portrait of the two boys at a wedding. Any of you who have attended my session at the SWPP Convention (2013 details here by the way) will know that I speak a lot about eye contact. Eye contact between the subjects of a photo can often turn a dis-interesting photo into a beautiful photo. With kids (and admittedly, these are older children) I like to bend the “photojournalism” rules slightly and allow them to engage with me, the photographer.
This picture is in no way posed or prompted – it is pure Candid Photography, but I wanted to get an image of the boys engaging with me. I like the differences of opinion that seem to be spreading across the faces. Is there a little mischief in there somewhere? Perhaps.
Candid Photography is pretty simple in it’s rawest sense. You know what, I wish I had a picture like this of me and my best friend when I was a boy.
Camera: Fujifilm X-Pro1
Lens: 35mm 1.4
Shutter: 1/500th Second
Flash: Did not fire