Up for Discussion – Men and Women in Photography

This is a thought provoking blog on men and women in photography by one of my favourite photography bloggers, Leanne Cole.  Drop over to her blog and participate in the discussion.

I left this comment there.

What a fascinating idea for a post, I like some others commenting thought about what I take photographs of, and initially it was family for memory but soon became the events they were in, people I wanted to remember, but when I moved to Northern Queensland nature was an absolute inspiration, but also people’s interaction and fascination with it, particularly children.

Then there was the fascination with the technical aspects and being able to abstract nature, until it looked like art. I liked playing with the real.

No matter whether male or female I think we can all challenge the way the world is seen and reflected.

There are different kinds of portrait photography, realist and surreal and there’s that social conscience photography, of difficult topics like poverty, violence, war, starvation. Images are just so powerful.

Male, or female, I am not personally attracted to objectifying or purely functional photography, I want something that speaks to my heart, soul and is memorable. I go looking for these images everywhere now. It makes me so long to travel.

A man, a guitar, country songs: quest for portraits

Taking portraits of a songwriter.


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Bob Elliston asked if I could do some portrait shots for him.  

We met at Song Trails last year, where I was the workshop photographer and fellow songwriter participant.

Bob is the President of the Yungaburra Folk Festival and music has been his lifelong passion.  He has played in several bands and groups.  I think he said six.  He is enjoying pursuing song writing in his ‘retirement.’

Bob’s main request was that he didn’t want anything cheesy, staring down the camera, or too smiley.  But other than that he was really quite flexible.

Going to a photographer can be like going to the hair dresser.  You want to come out looking your best, and it takes a while to trust a new hair dresser.

I approached it just like when I am photographing family…

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