As I went to Cambodia the last 8 days I had a really good feeling with the people. Very friendly and warm hearted. I still can’t find the words for I what I saw in people. I know I enjoyed my stay there.
I am still in photography of course, but now I am more thinking about the way and truth of photography instead of taking pictures. I still do my pictures of course, but not in the way I think it has to be. To give you a short summary:
Photojournalism is mostly about taking pictures about what is happening. But in order to be a part of the situation and get the truth of the situation it seems to be the way that the photographer is invisible in these moments. Not there. He is the observer without being a part of it. The faces you see in the pictures are not noticing any camera, anything which could take a copy of their souls and face expressions. You see the beauty of truth.
In order to a good report in the medium of photography, you need to stay quite a long time with the people, do know more and more about their way of living. They come closer to you and trust you more if you respect them and their place to live. But as soon as you take out the camera people’s faces are changing. They see them self from the outside, from the perspective of your camera. They try to influence the emotional content of your pictures. Its not a bad thing at all. You just don’t get in the picture what you see with your own eyes. Of course people are getting used to your camera if you bring it with you all the time, but there is still the magic point of facing a lense and peoples faces are changing. I know I gonna sort it out. Find a way.
So the challenge seems to be connecting photojournalism in terms of showing the truth of the soul and photo reports in terms of staying with the people long time and find out what their soul is all about.
I just see photography as a medium. A medium to express what I see in and feel about people. And to show what I see is taking time. And I have it. Great live. I enjoyed it a lot.
I am in Laos now by the way. Si Phan Don in the south of Laos.