As photographers, a common rhetoric we hear is about finding our style. We are to consider so many technical aspects like lighting, lenses, color grading, and choice of palette. On some platforms, these aspects have become more important than the content of the images themselves. However, there are so many other aspects of photography, and every genre of photography has its own set of considerations. In this talk for TEDx Chattanooga, Photojournalist Billy Weeks discusses the role of the photographer in an area of photography that is often thought to be objective in nature.
Of course, we all know that no photograph can be purely objective in nature. However, photojournalism is supposed to be as objective as humanly possible. Documentary photography less so. Weeks explores the concept of the photographer's point of view and what shapes it. He gives three examples that draw from his own sensibilities and goes into how that shapes what images are made. He then talks about how the subject shapes the images. These two things come together to form a third perspective, and that is the one of the viewer.
Have you considered your role in making images? What part does your history play in shaping the way you make images? How do you choose your subjects and treatments? How important is this in the work you do?