Emotions punctuate almost all the significant events in our lives. We feel proud when we win a race; we become angry when we learn that something of ours has been stolen; we are joyful at the birth of our children; and we experience profound grief and sadness at the death of someone we love.
The emotions we experience seem to strongly influence how we act in response to these events. The joy and pride encourage renewed commitment to advance and protect career and family; the anger motivates us to seek justice and retribution; and the sadness pushes us to seek aid and comfort while coming to terms with our loss.
The challenge as the photographer is to be able to freeze the moment and the emotion. This is the challenge I faced when I took on this assignment.
Iran’s anger over decades of foreign meddling in its internal affairs reached its apex in the 1979 revolution.
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for the photo of “Anger” I want to experiment with some technical aspects of photography to show a person experiencing anger.
Dorothea Lange, 1936
Thompson was a mother of seven who’d lost her husband to tuberculosis. Stranded at a migratory labor farm in Nipomo, Calif. her family sustained themselves on birds killed by her kids and vegetables taken from a nearby field.
with “sadness” I want to capture someone sad about something but to avoid the cliched sad with the tissues and tears streaming down the face.
This picture was taken only a second before the japanese socialist Party leader Asanuma was assassinated by a right wing student. Photographer Yasushi Nagao said he was only on the right place and on the right time.
For “fear” I want to capture an image showing the persons helplessness in the situation they are in.
V-J Day in Times Square is a photography by Alfred Eisentaedt that portrays an American sailor kissing a woman in a white dress on Victory over Japan Day in Times Square, New York City, on August 14, 1945.
I feel as though it’s a good representation of the joy and relief the nation felt that day.
I hope to be able to capture “joy” in a candid type image.
Photographer Annie Leibovitz has said the original concept for the now legendary John Lennon and Yoko Ono Rolling Stone cover was for both to appear nude, designed to mark the release of their album “Double Fantasy.” As legend has it, Lennon was game, shedding his clothes quickly, but Ono felt uncomfortable. Leibovitz recalled for Rolling Stone: I was kinda disappointed, and I said, ‘Just leave everything on.’ We took one Polaroid, and the three of us knew it was profound right away.” That same night, Dec. 8, 1980, he was shot and killed by a fan in front of his Manhattan apartment.
For “love” I want to see if I can capture the emotion with something as simple as just an embrace between two people.