What Can Photographers Learn From Why People Go To The Cinema?

Have you ever heard someone say: "you have to watch it at the cinema"? This is usually when it's a movie loaded with action, special effects, and sound design that captures your imagination. Is this all that gets the cinemas to sell seats? If your answer is yes, this video might make you consider your opinion. 

Seeing a face up close in more detail than we usually do when we're in a social setting is special. Movies that show us these faces give us the human connection that we crave in our everyday lives. The first thing we do when meeting someone is look at their face. It's the way we analyze and find answers to our idea of the human condition. 

What can we, as photographers, learn from this effect large faces have on us? Perhaps, we, as visual artists, often underestimate the talent and skill we have when it comes to observing and seeing certain compositions. To actually look at the world around us, to see the details and the significance of texture, light, and color is a powerful thing. If you're a portrait photographer, capturing faces and the complex emotions displayed by the person's face is another way of giving the viewer the opportunity to connect on an emotional level, which, at this moment in the world, is of great value. 

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Wouter is a portrait and street photographer based in Paris, France. He's originally from Cape Town, South Africa. He does image retouching for clients in the beauty and fashion industry and enjoys how technology makes new ways of photography possible.

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