John Suler's Photographic Psychology: Image and Psyche


Part 5: Portraying Human Psychology


When it comes right down to it, a good photo is one that captures something human: what we think and feel; what we fear and wish; the ways in which we relate to each other, the world around us, and the spiritual realm. This is true even if there are no humans in the shot. It's true for almost any, and maybe all images created by humans.

As a culmination to the book, this section will consist of a series of photographs that illustrate different aspects of the human experience. In the analysis of each image, I will draw on the principles discussed throughout this book to show how we might create and respond to photos that portray human psychology.

Inside the psyche
The collective unconscious
The id
Sturm und drang
Childhood trauma
Group conflict
Reaction formation
Self actualization
The unconscious
The house as self
Face recognition
Gay probabilities
A second life in virtual reality
The mind as associations
Integirty vs despair
Perceived privacy

Photographic Psychology: Image and Psyche