Photography’s my hobby. For others, it is a way of life. Steve McCurry is a professional and is one of the best practitioners of the human portrait that I’ve seen. I highly recommend you take a look at his post on the Grit, Grind and Glory of Work, then explore the rest of his site! It is truly incredible.
I am hesitant to post any of my photos of people, because I don’t think I’ve got a single shot of a person which approaches any of his. So I won’t try.
I realised while browsing that I a project like this for scientists could be amazing! The variety of places that scientists work in – from the immense Large Hadron Collider, to the jungles of Malaysia or a poky basement lab in Imperial College – would provide an endless array of interesting backdrops. The way Steve brings his photos to life isn’t the scene but the people, though. Having dipped a toe in the science communication pool and tried to do a photo project of scientists lately, it’s not easy!
It was a peculiar thing: the problem we encountered with the project was that scientists didn’t think they were interesting. I might elaborate more on this at a later date, once the feature is published… until then, why are you still here? Go to Steve’s blog!