This week's feature is by the superb Spanish photographer and film-maker, Fernando del Berro, from his collection entitled "On The Shore" (©Fernando del Berro), which deals with the heartbreaking subject of the European migrant crisis.
It is important as a photographer to be able to select your subjects, and the more emotive a subject, the more likely you are to come away with potent images; at the end of the day, a photograph needs to make the viewer feel something. Del Berro's collection clearly does that, but there is one image that stands out amongst all the anguish.
The seventh image of the collection, an abandonded Iraqi identity photo on the beach, subverts the standard portrait. The washed-out, washed-up, unsmiling image immediately makes the subject feel small, abandoned, dirty, and supremely sad (because no one smiles in identity photos), in a way that a regular portrait couldn't achieve.
Del Berro shows that just because you choose an emotive subject, and an emotionally difficult subject at that, doesn't mean that can or should lose the creative ability to present subjects in new and effective ways. Check out his website and other collections, you won't be disappointed.
(©Fernando del Berro)