Friday, August 22, 2008

Human Interest

The element of human interest has always fascinated me ever since I took to photography at an early age. Over the years my interest in photography has been propelled by my urge to explore this art of expression. This hobby has become a rewarding passion getting me recognition from international photographic organizations including Photographic Society of America and India International Photographic Council.
I am currently into Public Relations by profession.
My detailed profile can be viewed at my website
Although I did not have any formal education in photography, the postgraduate diploma in journalism which I did in late 70s has enabled me to continue to pursue my interest in photojournalism with an added zeal. Making story telling images of human interest is my passion.
Images of people in interactive situations and reflecting human emotions quickly draw our attention. However, such images make their impact felt more quickly than the written words. This is the reason that photography has enhanced the impact and utility of all forms of media.
The Wikipedia encyclopedia defines a human interest story as a
news story that discusses a person or persons in an interactive and or emotional way. It presents people and their problems, concerns, or achievements in a way that brings about interest or sympathy in the reader or viewer. Human interest stories may be the story behind the story about an event, organization or otherwise faceless historical happening, such as about the life of an individual soldier during war-time, an interview with a survivor of a natural disaster, or profile of someone known for a career achievement.
In photography, the element of human interest is a part of photojournalism.. Photographs of photojournalism category are sequences with informative content and emotional impact, including human interest, documentary and spot news. To be specific, the aspect of human interest includes photographs showing human beings in unusual and interactive situations. Despite sports actions being all concerning human interest,, these do not fall under the separate section of human interest. Sports actions form a part of the broader category of photojournalism.
Many international photographic organizations and photographic clubs in several countries organize photo exhibitions with photojournalism as one of the categories. Some of the organizers make a separate category for images of human interest. For instance, the annual international exhibition of Photographic Society of America ( has Human Interest as an independent section in photojournalism category. This section receives a considerable number of entries from all over the world. You may try your images of human interest at such exhibitions.


kumud said...

hi papa
gr8 to c u write ur blog finally.............

Subhash Sapru said...

Thanks dear Kumu.
It was only your motivation that
made me write a blog.

dinesh verma said...

Dear Sapruji
it was really gud to see ur blog....
ur pictures r always different & inspiring.
keep it up........
all the best