I love portraiture. Taking photos of expressions, movements, and spontaneous reactions fills me with childlike excitement. This was the only genre I focused on when I first discovered photography, but when I began to experiment with other types of techniques, perspectives, and concepts, my artistic self discovered a whole new world. There, I found more opportunities to grow as a photographer and find true fulfilment.
Every photography genre has something valuable to tell. There's always something worth learning from other artists. Exposing yourself to a variety of visual thoughts will open your mind and allow more ideas to blend with your work. This doesn't mean you have to stop what you're doing right now and start taking photos of new subjects. The best place to start is right here.
Looking at images made by people from around the world is a way of travelling. If you were to introduce yourself to various cultures within a day, you'd be left with an eye-opening experience. Similarly, photographs open our eyes to the things we have never seen and encourage us to look differently at what we interact with every day. All in all, it's a gratifying experience.
To honour the beauty of photographic diversity, here are 10 photography genres which artists find themselves coming back to over and over again.
“For me, every photograph is a portrait; the clothes are just a vehicle for what I want to say. You're photographing a relationship with the person you're shooting; there's an exchange, and that's what that picture is.”
Taissia is a professional photographer and educator.