Posted by Chris Dunn
A few years ago, I was piecing together my new portfolio for internship applications, which meant I was driving myself nuts over a variety of factors that included sequence, visual variety, content variety and more. It also meant I was cornering my friends and mentors for advice and feedback.
One mentor said something I haven’t forgotten: “These are all very loud moments.”
Which isn’t a bad thing. At least, I don’t think so. But it made me realize that, as a photographer, I leaned toward loud moments — moments that make you stop and look because of a crazy facial expression or crazy movement or crazy something. Those are the moments that speak for themselves without your having to spend too much time on the photograph. The only reason you spend time on that photograph, therefore, is to enjoy it.
Afterward, I started seeking out quieter moments — moments that make you stop and look because you have to dig a little deeper. That also meant the photographer had to dig a little deeper to make that picture.
This photo illustrates such a quiet moment. It’s a simple moment of a man holding his wife as his wife holds their child. It speaks of tenderness, anticipation and comfort — but mostly love.
(This photo will run in an upcoming issue of Smart magazine.)