People is an area of photography that I tend to shy away from. It doesn't come naturally to me at all, especially street photography which can have an intrusive feel to it. I had thought that I would replace this weeks IPS contest with another theme. But then after reading a wonderful interview with Valeria Cammareri I decided to give it a go. I was really fascinated by her compositions and the ways in which she choose to tell her stories - showing only parts of people, and using mainly black and white composition. For some reason, capturing people in this way felt much more comfortable for me. My two selections this week were all edits of previous photos I had taken.
And this shot was selected as one of the top 30! A particularly satisfying achievement given I thought I was not a 'people' photographer. Am so grateful for the interview with Valeria which taught me there are multiple ways to story-tell and I just need to find those ways which sit easy with my heart. I love this photo. The story is one of love and nurturing; the softness and roughness of her hands, the work those hands have done, and the love that goes into preparing these Sunday feasts, made only with what has been caught or grown in the gardens. A true story of gratitude and thanks for what is.