I was the guest on the Creative Live ‘We Are Photographers’ podcast with host Kenna Klosterman today (the episode will be released in a few weeks). At one point during the conversation Kenna asked me what I look for on the streets. I explained that it mostly depends on my mood. I don’t have a plan, I let the street surprise me and I follow my heart. Some days I follow the light and use its power to make dramatic compositions, other days I am more in tune with emotions, expressions and gestures. I also mentioned to her that, as I am currently going through several years of B&W photographs of Paris for an upcoming book, each photograph brings me back to the emotion I was feeling when I pressed the shutter that day. During the conversation I spontaneously called it ‘Emotional Metadata’.
I had never thought of the term before, but it definitely fits what I intended to say. So I made my own definition for this term which may or may not have been used before.
Emotional Metadata: The power of the photograph to bring you back to the same feeling you had when you pressed the shutter.
Does that make sense to you?