6 Portrait Photographers Demonstrate the Power of (Our Own) Perspective

Nov 4, 2015

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6 Portrait Photographers Demonstrate the Power of (Our Own) Perspective

Nov 4, 2015

Liron Samuels

Liron Samuels is a wildlife and commercial photographer based in Israel. When he isn’t waking up at 4am to take photos of nature, he stays awake until 4am taking photos of the night skies or time lapses. You can see more of his work on his website or follow him on Facebook.

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“A photograph is shaped more by the person behind the camera than by what’s in front of it,” Canon Australia says in a recent video.

To prove this, Canon invited six photographers to take a portrait of a guy named Michael. This was not an ordinary shoot, however, as there was an interesting twist: Michael was presented as a different character to each of the photographers.

The experiment, “designed to shift creative thinking behind the lens”, led to thought-provoking results.

Michael was introduced to each of the photographers individually. Once he was a self-made millionaire, then he was a person who has saved another person’s life, an ex-inmate, a commercial fisherman, a psychic and finally a former alcoholic.

Each photographer was then given ten minutes and told to capture “the essence of who he is”.

The photographers took a bit of time trying to get to know the person in front of them, and it’s obvious that their behavior and questions where influenced by who they thought Michael was.

The photos, obviously, were extremely different as well:

Michael the psychic
Michael the psychic
Michael the self-made millionaire
Michael the self-made millionaire
Michael the ex-inmate
Michael the ex-inmate
Michael the hero
Michael the hero
Michael the alcoholic
Michael the alcoholic
Michael the fisherman
Michael the fisherman

Watch the full video below:

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While the video also reflects that the subject has a large influence over the image, Canon did a great job showing that the photographers’ own perceptions of a person can have an even bigger impact.

[Canon Australia via Reddit]

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2 responses to “6 Portrait Photographers Demonstrate the Power of (Our Own) Perspective”

  1. udi tirosh Avatar
    udi tirosh

    well done Canon! and Kudos to Michael for being such a talented actor. His expressions are just as important as the framing and settings.

  2. J.W. Avatar
    J.W.

    A nice story indeed. But to be fair: This says NOTHING about perspective. If you want to have a minimum of a conclusion, you would have a setup of lets say 6 Photographers, 6 different actors who play always the same role and then look at the results.

    In this setup there are too many factors that can influence the result of a picture. Only if let’s say 4 photographers out of six portrait an ex-insult in a similar way, you can say that the personal perspective has an impact on the result. Unless you have the same photographer you can flash in a MiB way to portrait the same person with a different story…. ;-)

    Until that – it is just a nice story…!