Like many other people in the class, I struggled with the emotion assignment. Emotion is such a difficult thing to capture. While attempting to find a moment to take a photo, I realized how often people hide their emotions. Feelings are considered private, and people rarely show on their face exactly what they are thinking. As a result, when capturing emotion I felt intrusive. When someone opens themselves up to you, if feels wrong to permanently capture that moment with a camera. After taking photos of a variety of people, I decided to take pictures with my friend’s sister, Rachel.
Rachel has a very strong personality and I think this improved my photo. She is very dramatic about the way she reacts to situations and this comes across in the photo. Although I captured an emotion, it is an emotion that is uniquely Rachel. Most people would smile and eat their fresh baguette, but Rachel rips off a piece and eats it with an expression of ecstasy on her face. Her open mouth, closed eyes and hands communicate the joy she feels eating a fresh baguette. Rachel displays her emotions prominently and her strong feelings are clear in this photo.
Another thing I appreciate about this photo is the light. I felt the colors provided a sense of warmth, with the warm light and colors in the photo. The scene and the lighting communicate the idea that the photo is in a café. The pictures on the wall and the seat behind her all provide a sense of place. Looking at this photo, I feel these aspects are clearly communicated. However, I wish the frame would have captured another element to share these details. Something like a coffee cup would have furthered the message of the photo.
From this class, I have learned many things about photography. Although I doubt I will ever have to take another photo in my career, in public relations I will undoubtedly deal with a photographer at some point. When I decided to take this class, my reasoning was that it would help me understand the difference between a good picture and a bad picture. As we finish our last assignment, I feel that I have accomplished this goal. Along the way I have also improved my photography skills in ways I could never have imagined. While this particular photo is not my favorite that I have taken, the sense of joy Rachel communicates echoes the joy I feel about having truly improved over the semester and learned a new skill- photography.