It struck me the other day that there aren’t a lot of group shots of animals hanging around my computer. I obviously focus on individuals when I shoot wildlife. I wonder why?
Maybe it’s a hang over from trying to avoid the dreaded ‘grip and grin’ photos in my old public relations pursuits – the world definitely needs more photos of guys in dark suits and forced smiles hanging on to a big cheque! Or maybe it’s childhood memories of trying to sneak out of the obligatory family gathering shots.
Getting a group shot of people or animals to look good requires a special touch or the results are far worse than predictable.
I did find one interesting group shot of geese. But even then, it’s the gosling that broke out of formation that makes the photo for me.
I like to photograph the individuals that often hang out at the edges or walk alone on the trail.
I like to think they are more interesting ones – the outliers. Perhaps I am pursuing my own kind.
Here’s to the outliers … who find normal just a little boring.