In the early days of photography, some people feared that a photo would take their souls or spirits away.
It can be quite unnerving to see ones true self, on a piece of paper or a screen, without all the artefacts brought upon it by social awareness.
Most people who are in front of my camera will say to me “I’m not photogenic”, “I don’t like cameras” or “I don’t like to have my picture taken” and they will immediately cloak themselves with a persona, who in their mind, is acceptable to society.
At this point it is my job as a photographer to gain that person’s confidence so that they may shed their mask exposing their real selves and in doing so, allow me to take their souls.
Almost every time, their friends and family will find that photographe to be the best one, a truthful image.