"When you photograph a face, you photograph the soul behind it" -Jean-Luc Godard
Photography is an art form like no other, with the power to immediately perpetuate moments that would otherwise be lost, to tell stories while doing this.
I have spent, and am still spending, a huge amount of time mastering the technical aspects of creating the 'perfect' photograph. Yet, over the years, I've come to realize that capturing the soul of a moment goes beyond technical excellence. In portrait photography, capturing the connection between a human and a horse, it is the understanding and translation of this connection that truly captures the soul.
The Soul in a Photograph
The question, "Can a photograph capture one's soul?" is as poetic as it is philosophical.
Our soul, intangible and infinite, is the core essence of who we are, what makes us uniquely us. And while it cannot fully be confined within the parameters of a photograph, we can capture a glimpse of the soul - a smile, a look, a moment of vulnerability or joy.
It's these glimpses that I seek to encompass in my portraits, creating a timeless piece of wall art that serves as a window into your soul.
Beyond Technical Excellence
In my photography studies, I've learned all about lighting, composition, and more. These elements are essential to create a technically excellent photograph.
However, they are not enough to capture this essence. A portrait that captures the soul is one where you can see the personality, the emotion, the life of the subject. It's about capturing that authentic moment when the subject forgets about the camera and reveals their true self. And while the technical aspects are important, they sometimes do not matter, and can/should even be broken in order to portray that perfect moment.
The Human-Horse Connection
There's something incredibly special about the bond between a human and a horse.
Its foundation on mutual trust, shared experiences, and profound emotional understanding, making it a source of joy, comfort, and personal growth. This connection transcends words and is deeply emotional and spiritual.
And capturing this connection in a photograph is a challenge and a privilege. It requires patience, empathy, and a keen eye for those fleeting moments of absolute trust and understanding.
Translating Connection into a Photograph
The process of translating the human-horse connection into a photograph is akin to capturing a conversation without words.
It's about observing and understanding the subtle cues - the softness in the eyes, the gentle touch, the silent communication. It's about being in the moment, ready to capture it when the magic happens. And when it does, it results in a photograph that tells a story, a story of love, companionship, and mutual respect.
Wall Art: Immortalizing the Connection
Transforming these beautiful images into stunning wall art is a magnificent way of celebrating these connections we share.
Each carefully crafted piece of wall art goes beyond being just a photograph. It embodies the very essence of our souls, capturing precious memories and weaving beautiful stories together. And as a timeless keepsake, it's a constant reminder of the cherished bonds that warm our hearts and bring life and personality to any space.
So, can a photograph capture one's soul? Perhaps not entirely. But it can certainly capture glimpses of it.