Discussion 11 ~ Photographing the SoulLinda Connor - Blind Musician
Joyce Tenneson - Contortion
Luis González Palma - Arráncame el Miedo (Take away my fear)
Can a photograph capture the true 'essence' of a person?
To answer this question we must first ask ourselves what defines the 'essence' of a human being. The dictionary would define essence as follows: the quality or qualities that make a thing what it is. Therefore when applied to a person we would conclude that the essence of a person is the unique qualities that make that individual the person that they are. Sounds simple enough so far. Immediately coming to mind are qualities like facial features, body type and size, birth marks, tattoos, piercings, clothing styles, age, ethnicity, etc. All of these things make each person unique and since a photograph can record physical features with great clarity and accuracy we could say that yes a photograph can capture a person's essence.