Discussion #1 ~ Photographing the MaskMask
• a covering worn as a disguise, or to amuse or terrify other people.
When we view a portrait photograph we are allowed a window into the essence of another human being. We can learn a multitude of things about a person from one photograph. From how they think and feel, to how they perceive the world around them. However, there is one inherent difficulty with portrait photography. The photo must be taken through the lens of the photographer. He/she will most certainly have imposed their own message and vision upon the sitter in the photograph. One step further, the viewer themselves places their own ideas and experiences, they are seeing through their own "lens", onto the subject of the photograph. So we can see how easily one could actually be viewing a person in a photograph two or three steps removed from the actual essence of the person being photographed. In this sense we can say that the experience of viewing a portrait is no