NZPhotographer Issue 24, October 2019


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by Don McLeod

“When you take a photograph of someone, you take a photograph of

their soul” Winna Efendi

Photographing people is exciting and

challenging, as you set out to tell a special story.

Of all forms of photography, photographing

people has been, for me, the most rewarding as well

as at times the most demanding. It has challenged

me to be very mindful of each person’s situation and

to work to develop an understanding relationship

with the person so that I am able to identify

something special about them.

It is that special moment, whether it be love,

concern, power, talent or some other emotion, that

I have strived to capture with my camera.

For many years I had the privilege of photographing

individuals, weddings, children, family activities, press

work and even developed basic x-rays for the local

Medical Centre putting my darkroom skills to use!

With my work as a press photographer I had to

portray events and stories of people within a

community, telling the story through photography

whether that be the horse event, the road accident,

or the production put on by the local drama club.

My community at the time was a medium size town

but as the saying goes “A photograph is worth a

thousand words.” It reiterated the importance of

connecting with people, helping them become

confident in relating their story, controversial or not.


The term People/Portraits denotes a challenge, to

share something about a person in a visual format.

The pleasure is threefold for “The photographer”,

“The person”, and “The viewer”.

There may be joy, happiness, sadness but it is a story

you are making and telling.

It matters not what we use to make that visual result,

but rather that we follow a few simple steps:

1. Build a relationship wherever the photograph is

being taken.

2. Take time to visualise what you see or hear before

pressing the button.


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3. Seize the split second opportunity. Capture and

make that special shot.

4. Print the special photographs.


People and Portraits is broad in the sense that

we encounter people of all ages, in a variety of

situations. Photographing children is very rewarding

and a good place to start.

Photographs of children do not always need to be

posed, as often they pose naturally for you. Take for

example, this photo of a child at the beach. What

do you see on her face? Can you see that she is



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