I agree. Something I'm becoming more and more aware of and sensitive to. The interaction between photographer and model and what they create together. The experience of the shoot, not just the having of the final image to show for it. These things I value.
Definitely - once emotions come into the photo, they come through. Like music. Gremlin believed that you had to be 100% committed to the performance you were giving while recording a song, because exactly what you put into it at the moment of recording would come through to the listener on the conscious and/or unconscious level. Same idea I think.
It's just stuff I never thought about or felt for a long time, and really do more and more now. Being around people who also relate to these ideas and don't find it "silly" to talk about it really helps.
That is my greatest bane when working with models. Trying to pull that emotion out, especially when doing something out of character for them. When the model is more worried about other things than getting into character it makes life behind the camera difficult.
There was a recent quote I heard, it said that 'The hardest things done, where the ones I didn't put my heart into.' Well, that wasn't the exact quote but I like this version better. When I first heard it, I thought about my past, things I have done, and found difficult and things I have done and found easy. it is completely true, the things I didn't want to do, I didn't put my heart into, are more times than not the things I had the most trouble with..... which another idea just hit me.... more research L()L.... anyway.
It does help to be able to talk to others, other who will not look at you through crooked eyes. Been a long while for me to be able to say half the things I say.
The Emotions, is what its all about, even for for the briefest of moments the emotion was fabricated. That split second for the creation of the image, than the goal was made because that image will last forever. Emotions, they fade and change.
I think what you're saying is - the hardest things to do are the ones that don't inspire us. Then we can't put our whole self into it, and it's a chore or task, and no real sense of accomplishment when done, other than finishing something you had to do.
Well, we've got good people coming together here, who aren't afraid or ashamed to care. That's probably the most valuable thing we've all got going in what we're doing here.