Emotion is a key element when it comes to photojournalism. The aim is to capture a photo that touches the heart. In my view a good photojournalist will have the necessary skills to capture everything as it happens without asking people to perform for the camera.
I do find it very flattering when clients say to me: ‘I did not notice you being there”. The truth is that I do not hide in a corner with a telephoto lens. I do get in there very close to the action however it is lack of direction my clients refer to. I consider aknowledgment of the camera as failure in these intances. Sometimes I pretend that I take a photo when someone looks at me.
It is an ongoing challenge a lot more difficult than people think. Even after 15 years of experience as a wedding photographer, eye contact with the camera is one of the ulitmate challenges. This only applies to photojournalism.
The following are photographs taken from a Vietnamese Tea ceremony.