Jan 28, 2019

6 Photographers Shoot the Same Guy But He Gives Each of Them a Different Backstory

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Is a photograph shaped more by the person behind the camera than by what’s in front of it?


To test this, Canon Australia invited six photographers to a portrait session with a twist. The subject was an actor who gave a different backstory to each of them; from a self-made millionaire to a recovering alcoholic.

The social experiment is interesting because it demonstrates how the photographer’s vision, perception and personal biases can shape the outcome. It also raises some interesting conversations about how media can frame a story with a certain angle or sentiment.

Further, it also reveals how differently each photographer can capture the same subject but use their own angle, lighting and perspective to frame the subject and imbue it with their style and vision.

‘Decoy’ is one of six experiments from Canon Australia’s The Lab, which is designed to shift creative thinking behind the lens. To be part of future ‘The Lab’ experiments, visit Canon Australia.

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Life Saver by Franky Tsang


Self Made Millionaire by Tristan Stefan Edouard


Recovering Alcoholic by Chris Meredith


Ex-Convict by Kate Disher-Quill


Psychic by Lyndal Irons


Commercial Fisherman by Jin Lim



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