Sometimes it's hard to get a handle on the background tone of a shoot. This difficulty is often felt when there is absolutely no innate feeling for the subject and no form of identification beyond humanness. Often this happens to novice shooters more than the veteran shooters who have reduced their practice to a formula. It's the veterans who have learned to remove the energy drain of building a relationship with the subjects or the context in pursuit of efficiency during the shoot. Who has the internal strength to bring the relationship imperative to every image capture. How does a shooter grasp the tone of their shoot and muster the energy to manipulate that tone? I believe it's this type of shooter that can engage the spirit of their subject and the elements of the shooting context to get the most out of their intuitive vision and the energy present in the subject.
Relationships between the photographer and their technical training in fields other than photography can often guide the eye to see meaning from a perspective lying outside of the typical photographic thinking. Rather than shade and light a photographer with a background in Economic Development might see a scence and construct a visual frame around the hands exchanging money or goods. A photographer with a background in Engineering may well close in on the vital link in a complex building structure. While the untrained viewer may not see anything other than the structure itself, the Engineers viewing the photo is likely to relate to the crucial bearing of the subject of the photo to the unity of the larger structure. Relationships between the photographer and their subject relie on tact background understandings that aren't always obvious to the subject or aren't always obvious to the photographer either. There is always the question of what past knowledge is guiding the photographer's eye. The real challenge or the relationship photographer is becoming intimately familiar with the foundations of visual understanding that provide the intuitive awareness brought to a photographic session.
Reaching for my reality of photographic relationships between the photographer and the subject.