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Are photographers introverts?

 
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Jul 18, 2013 13:21 |  #31

airfrogusmc wrote in post #16131945 (external link)
Ok I see and it happens all the time even to extroverts. You should never let the client see that you are not having a great day.

Exactly...

But to the OP, the answer is "Yes, No, Maybe, Depends..."


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Jul 18, 2013 13:31 |  #32

FlyingPhotog wrote in post #16131948 (external link)
Exactly...

But to the OP, the answer is "Yes, No, Maybe, Depends..."

Exactly. Winogrand was an extrovert as was Adams. Weston was an introvert. All great photographers.




  
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Jul 18, 2013 14:14 |  #33

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Test people all you want but the arts are rife with eminent fronts and veils behind which people aren't as happy or together as you think.

Just one example, Marilyn Monroe had severe stage fright. She sometimes stayed in her trailer all day and held up shooting when she was supposed to be doing a scene.

I like being with people (well, some people), but I don't feel motivated to take pictures of them for souvenirs or mementos. Photos of that kind are more like small talk than like dialogue.


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Jul 18, 2013 17:50 |  #34

Johnny Depp is also pretty interesting. He needs no introduction, but have you ever seen an interview with him? It's one of the most painful things you'll witness. He's super-shy or introverted.


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Jul 18, 2013 18:58 |  #35
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Depends....:) To seek your artistic version, maybe a bit of self reflection is needed. To shoot for clients, you really want to be more outgoing and to provide good customer service. I mean, if your clients do not like your shots, you aren't going to tell them "tough luck" because that's the way you see your shots. :)


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Jul 18, 2013 19:37 |  #36

I've been comfortable around people for as long as I can remember. I interacted with adults from an early age. Over the years, I've made my living in various sales jobs including providing automation equipment to manufacturers who assembled printed circuit boards. I'm also a fine finish carpenter.

That being said, I get my strength from more solitary forms of entertainment. I love listening to music, reading books (yes, there are still some of us left), reading forums online ;), etc. Photography is both a solitary activity and one I enjoy with my wife. We often shoot together and I find this relaxing as well.

I guess like most people, I'm a mixture of introvert and extrovert. I find people interesting so I'm not a recluse, but I need alone time to function at my best.


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Jul 18, 2013 21:52 |  #37

I can only really do serious work alone but if I'm on the street I have all of those subjects as company and I'm up close and very personal with my street work. Looking and waiting for the visual elements to come together. I like to use repeating shapes leading lines, contrasting tones, visual rhythms and other visual elements because those things are important for me to have in my work. I shoot with a 35mm lens on a FF rangefinder so it is right there not a half block away and I love it.




  
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Jul 19, 2013 00:28 |  #38

Yeah, I usually fly solo when shooting, as well. I suppose, partially, I don't know many other photographers, there it's worse than watching paint dry or baseball. It's kinda interesting in that I have a very upbeat, fast (I don't want to necessarily say high strung) personality, photography relaxes me and slows me down. After I click a few frames, I start to zone out into my own world.


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Jul 19, 2013 01:00 |  #39

It's not a team sport, it's a hobby one does alone.

You can either be in the moment or see it through the viewfinder. Not both. Interaction with people is not photography.


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Jul 19, 2013 01:34 |  #40

DocFrankenstein wrote in post #16133693 (external link)
It's not a team sport, it's a hobby one does alone.

You can either be in the moment or see it through the viewfinder. Not both. Interaction with people is not photography.

What about if your subjects are people...?


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Jul 19, 2013 01:47 |  #41

FlyingPhotog wrote in post #16133736 (external link)
What about if your subjects are people...?

You're still behind the camera...


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Jul 19, 2013 01:53 as a reply to  @ FlyingPhotog's post |  #42

I think the question is too broad.

Some disciplines within photography can naturally attract people who are - for want of a better description - "introverted".

While in other areas, it's the "extroverted" nutters who're going to be successful.

Certainly, this is true in many walks of life - not all - but isn't this one of the joys of photography? Pretty much any "type" of person can enjoy it.

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Jul 19, 2013 02:02 |  #43

DocFrankenstein wrote in post #16133752 (external link)
You're still behind the camera...

But good people shooters still draw their subjects out and get them to engage...


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Jul 19, 2013 03:51 |  #44

I'm both. Depends what mood I'm in.


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Jul 19, 2013 11:36 |  #45

skygod44 wrote in post #16133756 (external link)
I think the question is too broad.

Some disciplines within photography can naturally attract people who are - for want of a better description - "introverted".

While in other areas, it's the "extroverted" nutters who're going to be successful.

Agreed--but let me emphasize what I had in mind with the original question. What distinguishes people who have a serious interest in photography from people who understand a camera as a tool for getting pictures of their loved ones, without regard for composition, lighting, skewed horizons, and everything else that "real photographers" attend to? Is it something about a person's general outlook or values, not limited to photography situations?


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