Susan Sontag‘s essay “The Heroism of Vision”, published in her book “On Photography” asserts that photography is inherently beautiful. As she puts it:
Nobody exclaims “Isn’t that ugly! I must take a photograph of it.” Even if they did say that, all it would mean is: “I find that ugly thing . . . beautiful.”
The book is intellectually challenging, but I would commend it to anyone with an interest in the art, and this essay in particular. I was unaware of Sontag’s work when I began taking photographs, but in calling my websitea photogenic world, I was expressing a similar belief that the world is full of beauty waiting to be captured.
So today as I was on the lookout for someone to photograph I knew immediately that today’s subject was great material – how could you not be won over by that fantastic moustache?
In contrast though, he could not believe that anyone would want to take his picture. He didn’t object, but did question my judgement. “Why would anyone want a picture of an ugly b*****d like me?” asked 83 year old Brian.