what is it that makes family sagas such a successful genre? is it our nosiness? a yearning to peek into the lives of others? to learn all the intimate details?
or could it be a passion to look into the souls of others? to gain an insight into feelings and thoughts? i think this is what led me to so enjoy a movie dorit and i saw last night, “three mothers“, by dina zvi riklis. a family saga of three sisters spanning 60 years.
“Whatching the World Whiz By”
Awarded Photo of The Day on Kodak (http://www.kodak.com) and displayed in Times Square N.Y. on July 20, 2005
i think this is also what leads me to so enjoy photojournalism – a passion to look into the souls of others. to see beyond a face, behind a pair of eyes. to discover the thoughts and feelings behind a smile or a frown. to tell a story in one frame. to do all this with a camera and enable the viewer to discover what i have discovered, to feel what i felt. not an easy photographic aspiration, but when successful, very very rewarding!
and you know, the viewer doesn’t always have to see exactly what i have seen. i am very satisfied when the viewer is moved enough by one of my photos to feel as though he knows my intent, as though he does indeed share my insights, even if he is way off. it’s enough to know that my photo has provoked thoughts and feelings, that it has touched someone’s heart.
elijah the prophet, jerusalem, march 2002