It seems like some considerable time has passed since I posted a picture with a person in it (other than a ghost). Even in the one of Venice (below) though, which is by-and-large a general scene, when looking at the photo I tend to seek out where there are people, even if they only occupy a tiny part of the picture, and at what they are doing.
I like people pictures best. There is always the element that something interesting will happen and I think that, as a viewer, one is readily engaged more with a picture that contains a human, as we relate more to each other than we do to objects or generalized scenes or whatever.
Even where they are not directly in the picture, I find we are often interested in a given picture because of the implied presence of people. For instance, I think the motel wall and the yellow curb below both suggest the unseen presence of people, and perhaps looking at these pictures we may wonder a little about who who might stay in accommodation like this, or those who have left tyre marks or gouges on this length of curb at the mall.
Generally I prefer people pictures to be taken from quite close range so that there is an intimate engagement between the viewer and the subject, and mostly this is best achieved with a wide-angle lens. However sometimes a telephoto, such as the 300mm lens used here, can effectively isolate a small snippet of life that proceeds unaware that it is being observed or photographed.
This fisherman at Apollo Bay was catching up, with the help of what looks like some Builder’s Bog, on a few boat maintenance jobs on a beautiful winter’s evening. I like the shape assumed by his body and the warmth of the boat in the background reflecting the setting sun. There was no need for me to disturb him, therefore I was able to catch a small glimpse into his world without him being fazed by the presence of a camera.
This doesn’t always work, and I don’t like the thought of people always using telephoto lenses to pry into private moments (surely a good discussion for another time!) but I am pleased with it here.
Anyway, I must resolve here and now to consciously look for potential photographs with people in them, as they are virtually always the ones I end up being happiest with.