“To the complaint,
‘There are no people in these photographs,’
There are always two people:
the photographer and the viewer.”
― Ansel Adams
Indeed, let me consider us….. in terms of photographer and viewer. I am present in my photographs. Behind the lens of the camera with a Mind’s Eye that contains everything I have encountered so far. I choose what to show you, holding sway over what the narrative is. Does/can objectivity ever rule my choice? Rule the lens? And you who view my photos, and perhaps share your own with me …well here you are with all your perceptions experience, knowledge, beliefs, values, and interests. So what do you see?
When I began my website, I began to take photos with much more of an eye for telling a broader story with the photos, aware that the photos on JoHannaMassey.com would be viewed in the public. I often make links to websites so viewers can go further in knowledge. As a viewer, I am just thrilled with the quality of photos I view on your websites. Enjoy so much the opportunity to know globally…. individuals, places, lifestyles, and events, often told through photographs. Has your Lens Eye changed since having a website with photos? Any thoughts you would share on Ansel Adam’s idea of Two People: The Viewer and the Photographer.
Wishing everyone the best and highest for this brand new gift of a morning.