When I began this series, it began with a conversation. I was talking to Jack Alterman about how he saw the world. We talked about the criteria he choses to use to share what he sees with us. It began with color and moved on to something more. He even mentioned something that I have heard before form other photographers about using their camera to get to know people. A camera in hand is an excuse to say, "Hello, who are you... Tell me about yourself". The Photographer them captures the images of what they have just said... either verbally or in other ways.
Photography is a form of communication. The old cliche is that "A picture is worth a thousand words". You communicate what you see, what you find beautiful, what you find moving. You are saying something with each snap. So, just as you learn to speak English... learn to speak in images. In photography, as in life, there are different approaches to this thing called communication.
Speak to someone. You are simply presenting yourself, your work. You have something to say. You are telling others what you want them to hear (or see, as the case may be)...
Speak with someone. This is conversation. You put something out expecting them to share, to join in. Both sides are interested in participating. When you tell a funny story, you anticipate a laugh...
Speak for someone. Quite possibly the highest form of conversation, visual or otherwise. For those who are too weary, scared, hurt to tell their story, you illustrate it for others to see. Nothing can be changed that isn't known.
I challenge you to think about the conversations you initiate with your images. Open a dialog.
It's all about conversation.