Eye, Heart & Soul

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#5: How To Convey Strong Emotions

You may have heard that if you want to convey strong emotions in street photography, you have to show facial expressions, tragic characters or touching moments. While that works, I'm deeply convinced there's an even more essential way to approach it.

It actually doesn't matter how you fill your frame as long as you feel strong emotions during that moment. Of course, you also have to learn how to compose your shot properly since otherwise, you won't be able to communicate your feelings well through your photo. However, once you pour your eye, heart and soul into your photos, the viewer will feel what you have felt regardless of what it is. The connection with your viewer should always be established by what you feel from the bottom of your heart. Next to your unique eye and soul, it's your deepest source of inspiration. It's what turns you into one in a million!

Don't get me wrong. Shoot kissing couples, old men looking into the distance, people crying at the airport or simply a silhouette in the rain. It doesn't really matter as long as it matters to you. Open yourself up, embrace all the feelings you have and pour them into your photos. You feel sad and lonely? Try to find scenes that express exactly that. You can't stop smiling? Look for moments that reflect those emotions. My point is that as long as it truly captures your heart, it will capture ours!

“All the knowledge I possess everyone else can acquire, but my heart is all my own.”
— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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