This week’s photo challenge “Culture” is set by photographer, Aaron Joel Santos, who is based in Hanoi, Vietnam. I took a look at his blog and website as his challenge was to pose “curiosity”. His comments set an interesting challenge :
Culture is a bit of a loaded word. In a photograph, it can embody everything and nothing. So where do we draw the line? Shopping culture, hippy culture, Asian culture, Thai culture, ancient culture, and on and on. These phrases have different meanings. For me, as a working travel photographer, being able to show culture, in all of its various guises, is crucial to the success of an image.
There are obvious elements that go into making a great photograph: perspective, color, contrast, subject matter, and lighting, to name a few. But for this challenge, go for that little something extra — that piece of the image that makes a viewer want to see more — to delve deeper into the culture you’re photographing. I’ve always said that I want my photographs to make people curious. So that is your assignment here: inspire curiosity with your photography.
It set me thinking about the broad aspects of the subject, and to “context culture”, where geography and history provide a context for understanding the differences between cultures. Curious? What do the Huli wigmen of Papua New Guinea, the Himba people of Namibia and the Tuvalu people of Tabuaeran have in common?