Since I started practicing photography I’ve had a model that has accompanied me on every assignments, task or project. She is always willing to be photographed. she poses calmly and elegantly. She participates in the most positive way and has the world’s largest patience while I try thousand exposures and every angle I can think of. My favorite model is my grandmother.
My grandmother is 85 years old and has an amazing vitality. Every day she fixes her hair, and going out without makeup is inconceivable. I haven’t met anyone who dresses as elegantly as she does, and she is always target of compliments and praises when she goes out. She loves to read, to have a drink from time to time, she can spend hours talking to a complete stranger and if there’s a party she is the main dancer .
And on top of all thatt, is a great model. I remember that in the first photography course I did, as a final assignment I had to do a photo essay and I did about my grandmother. Since then, whenever I have the opportunity I photograph her. Here are some of the many images I’ve done of her.
And as if that wasn’t enough, my grandmother loves to be my model. To photograph her in a studio, or on her day to day life, is great. She enjoys it as much as I do and as a photographer that’s amazing.
“A picture is worth a thousand words.” It may not exist in the world a more recycled and cliché phrase than this one. So much so, that if we wish to know about the famous sentence and look it up on Google, it will not take long for it to interrupt us, auto completing our intentions before we get time to write “image”.
However, it’s commonness, is no reason for underestimating it. If this phrase has become so popular is for a reason: because it’s true. Its origin has foundations based on actual experience.
Without discrediting the exquisiteness of writing, it is imperative to recognize that the potential for expression and communication that an image could provide is extraordinary. It makes it possible to express, experiment and learn.
A perfect example? The photo essay. It is designed to tell a story through images arranged in a deliberate sequence intending to evoke emotions on the viewer.
With a photo essay is possible to know a person, visit a new city or participate in a protest across the world. Just take into account that, to achieve these experiences, it is necessary to devote and sincerely to our work.
Is not enough to be spectators. You will need commitment, dedication with time, patience and a clear objective. We must find the balance between being partakers and observers. We must be present and create a link to our subject without altering the natural order of events.
With these tips and thoughts in mind, I would like to share, as an example, the last photo essay I did. It’s called “My Grandmother”. I invite you to know her through photographs because “a picture is worth a thousand words.”
Here are a couple of pictures. To see the full work you can visit my Flickr Gallery through this link. I hope you like it! http://www.flickr.com/photos/69865553@N05/sets/72157633484736063/