Let me take your picture
"Hey! You shouldn't photograph people thoughtlessly, uh? They are gonna appear to you every night after they'll die" A man warned me when I was photographing on the street in Okinawa, Japan. It's first time being threatened like that. I have taken at least thousands of portraits in my life. If they appear to my bed side one after another every night, it makes me insomnia, I'm sure. I'm so delicate person that these strong words becomes a trauma. However recently I noticed most of the people I photograph now are younger than me. I must die before them. So maybe I shouldn't so much care about the bedside ghost.
Just kidding. But it's pretty sure there are person who doesn't like photographing
nor being taken picture. After all, it's not easy for taking portrait.
You must know not only how to make a communication but also harmonizing
Once I told the story to the younger. He said "You didn't feel chemistry
each other" Chemistry? Yeah, The word sounded too light to describe
it at first. But actually it was. Nevertheless we sometimes have some sort
of guilt feeling when you take picture of people. Then create a make shift
reason to the action.
I remember the words that my photo work shop teacher said. "You can
release people from restriction by photographing them" I think it's
too much weight on the photographer side, so selfish.
On the other hand, photographer Nobuyoshi Araki said on his essay. "The
things that I can give to the subject people is pride" At first, I
thought it's a pride what they were taken portrait by famous photographer.
But it's my misreading. It meant "Photographer can give the pride,
or self-confidence, to the subject" I strongly agree with the words
although my approach isn't such sophisticated. "Trust me""I
can photograph you in beautiful" The goal is same. If my model feels
happy or having pride with the photo shooting, that is very pleasure to
me. I feel it in real world.
So how about if I'm on the photo taken side? Actually, this kind of situations
are increasing recently. "This is my first encounter to Japanese.
Let me take your picture""Let me take picture with you as a souvenir
of travel" People aimed at me with smart phone. No reason to reject
it, just being taken. But I'm always disappointed with the results on the
smart phone monitor. Who's this disgusting middle aged man? Then I lose
all my pride. I even hate to see reflecting image on the mirror now a days.
I must find another gray hair or another wrinkle. I feel like I'm degrading
day by day. To the contrary, how looks great my models are! The young looks
beautiful, handsome. The elder looks gorgeous, sophisticated or telling
many stories. Where the difference comes form? Photographer's skill, uh?
Exposing the same number of my image as the number of portrait which I
have taken is a kind of gruesome tale to me. However the reason for taking
picture what the smart phone photographer often said to me was pretty simple
and straight. "Excuse me. Let me take your picture for souvenir"
The reason we take a people's photo is basically such simple. Because you
are my type. Because this is my job. Because I want record this moment
forever. So let me take your picture. If the model says No, it means you
guys don't feel chemistry each other. That's it. In all over the planet,
people take a picture each other in casual. That's quite tough age for
professional, although it's a golden age of photo culture by ordinary people.
By the way, I'll appear on your bedside at night after I'll dead. So the
guys who took my picture ... "see you then"
" Timber dealer " Rajshahi, Bangladesh 2015