Keira Knightley recently did an interview and shoot with Interview Magazine (Some images NSFW) where she talked about the difference between film photographers and digital photographers. Ms. Knightley states:
“I’ve noticed that the people who started on film still have the ability to see the person in front of them. Whereas for a lot of photographers who have only ever worked in digital, the relationship between the photographer and the person who they’re taking a picture of sort of doesn’t exist anymore. They’re looking at a computer screen as opposed to the person.”
While it’s quite the subjective thing to say, it can be argued that it’s very true in many respects. And even if it isn’t Keira is pointing out a very power statement: that you should treat your portrait subjects like people and remember that they’re not just a canvas for people to look and work with. Interaction is very important.
Thanks for the tip Mike!
BTW: sorry for the NSFW link, but the quote is way too genius. Especially given our current Facebook page hack. But the quote and interview featuring Keira Knightley on Film Photographers is well worth the read when you get the chance.