a very basic element of photography.
a man and his lifework. that is what it is at the end of the day.
people will say that it's boring, you know, classical poses and what not. but for me, it is about dignity.
i remember a friend of mine from way back commented on a photo that I made of an old lady. He told me that I need to jazz it up, tilt it or something. It was too straight-on he said.
well, i just kept my mouth shut. it was early days for me. later on i would realize why that comment did not sit well with me.
i guess there's something "reverential" about photographing old people. you don't want to "jazz it up". you want to pay some form of respect to people who've seen twice what i've seen in my lifetime.
your comment "a man and his lifework" resonates pretty well. good light, great subject, a dignified pose... what's to jazz up?