People love stories. Nine times out of ten, a photograph that tells a story will be more engaging than one that does not. Art teachers and photography mentors will tell you this as a rule of thumb. And I am one of its believers. This I feel especially so in the realm of portraiture or photographing people. Commercially and in the interest of glamor and documentation, there will always be a market and a use for the strait out classic portrait, where what is important is what a person looks like or how handsome or beautiful he or she is. But for pure story telling, entertainment, and human interest, again, nine times out of ten, the environmental portrait or an image depicting persons in their element or doing their work or chores, or showing where they live will likely catch people's fancies more.
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