Audience : Introduction

“There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer.” – Ansel Adams

Welcome to our ongoing discussion of Artistry.

For the next few weeks, we are going to be examining the role of the audience on our photography.  After all, what is art without someone to experience it?  That said, can worrying too much about what others will think of our work change the work and in what ways.  Does it alter how we approach our photography?  How we set up our shots?  How we edit?  What we share?  Are we driven by a desire to improve, to more clearly communicate our vision, or are we simply seeking approval?

As a first entry into the topic of audience, this week we are sharing a selection of photos with brief explanations from the photographers of the intended audience and how that audience factored into the photographic process.  Longer discussions may be available on each artist’s personal blog.



Sarah Murchison | As my little ones returned from a horseback ride out on the farm with their grandfather and uncles and aunts, I wanted to capture an image I would love, and cherish forever. I was the audience and the photographer, but was looking to capture a shot that would be pleasing to others and ideally beautiful.








Julie Kiernan | Because this image was for a high school senior client, I shot it close in, with the subject smiling and looking at the camera, to create a portrait style that many clients select. I used leading lines and compressed the background with a shallow depth of field to appeal to others as well as my clients.

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Sarah Roemer Davis | Self as Audience: Because, quite simply, this momma just wanted to capture the boys in their matching denim and gold sneakers.









Kim DuPree | This week I chose myself as a mother as my audience.  My daughter has always had a soft heart for animals since she was a little girl and when I captured this particular moment it took me back in time to when she was four years old with pig-tails adoring Truman, our first miniature schnauzer.  Fast forward twelve years later….a second miniature schnauzer named Sammy…it is easy to see that not much has changed.

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Cheryl Sawyer | I took this photo of the sunrise through a wet ferry window on a foggy morning. I knew immediately that I would share it to my Instagram audience, a small band of friends, relatives and fellow photographers. The small screen size and strictly photos format of Instagram makes me willing to share more creative or unusual pictures than I would in other venues.








Kennedy Tinsley | Bride & Groom as Audience.  Once the formal pictures are out of the way-it’s time to have a little fun with the Bride & Groom…capturing them laughing and playing around is the best part of my day as a second shooter!











Lisa Rigazio | I always want to believe that I am shooting purely for myself. For my own pleasure and that I will be my sole critic. But I know that is a little lie I tell myself so I don’t get too self conscious. The truth is that with every shot I take I assume others will see it. And worse, that others will judge it. I’m not always clear who those “others” are though. Or if their assumed presence is a hindrance or a help.










Linda Hooper | audience of One.  In recent months, my audience has been One. It has been me.  This image was taken with the intention of myself as the audience. Though I would hope to have a larger audience, at the moment, I don’t make the effort. I am not sure if it is a fear of rejection or an unwillingness to expose myself more.  But I am my own audience. and it is ok.





Stacey Leece Vukelj | New York is a visually fascinating place. I enjoy finding ways to capture its beauty and when it comes to my city/street photography, my audience is anyone who is as intrigued by the place as I am. As you can see, it’s been a bit chilly as of late.


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