Thursday, January 20, 2011

the many faces of lola rain

The photos below are the companion shots to "The many faces of Hannah J," although I still favor Hannah's brilliant expressions. Hers were au natural, while I had to be coaxed into laughing with a hilarious story about Hannah's daughter and her new My Little Pony, which she named "butter pop."

All photos by Hannah J

It's so interesting how the presence of camera suddenly shuts down most people's ability to be themselves or feel natural. We've been trained like Pavlov's dog to feel self conscious and guarded when we see someone hold a small black box to their eye. It makes me wonder if this behavioral conditioning is the reason for the genuineness of early 19th century photography. To me, the subjects of these photos always display real emotion, and regardless of the circumstance the photograph was taken in, there doesn't seem to be a hint of self consciousness. Perhaps this is because there was no reflex to having a camera in your face when they were newly invented. Just my theory....

Julia Margaret Cameron
British, 1815-1879

Julia Margaret Cameron

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