This thread has been real interesting, going way back, and still, stuff comes up here!
Recently, I've found myself "stirred by the discussions about people photography compared to, say, the wildlife work that Tom Reichner has shown so muchquality, bringing out the beauty of nature, our "true artist"!
I'll stand up and say without any heitation that in my years as an "active photographer I have been totally drawn and involved in bot of these areas!
Just a brief comparison: When one is out in nature looking to catch images of critters, ehether birds or mammals, it' important to "Watch and Wait, to Wait an Watch for those "moments when your subject acts to actually reveal parts of its "nature", personality, temperament and the stuff that nature ha built into the critter! We Wait and Watch for thosssssse "special moments", hoping to capture them!
I will say in reference to discusions here, that I have spent some "real" time out amongst peopl, not just snap[Shots and not so much "portraiturebut I have gone out into ettings where people are "being people", living their live s and acting/behaving , showibg those characteristic sthat nature has in fact built inyo them, hey just like the critters out in nature!
And w3ith peop;e it's also a Watch and Wait process, waiting and watching for those "moments"! In my times out there doing street pjotography and at events and such where people are being active, living out their "humanness", ai Watch and Wait with my camera in hand so thatt I can "capture those moments, unique ones that then communicate to me a "taste"/glimpse of the human life and experience!
Well, Gang, those are some thoughts I've had, so I'll stop my rambling!