The Quiet and Respectful Observer

© Erik Waage
© Erik Waage
© Erik Waage
© Erik Waage
© Erik Waage
© Erik Waage
© Erik Waage
© Erik Waage
© Erik Waage
© Erik Waage

Time has come to showcase the first work by one of the participants from the workshop I taught in Villajoyosa in Spain earlier in May this year. As mentioned last week I will alternate between showing participants’ work from respectively this workshop and the eWorkshop that finished up just before the workshop in Villajoyosa.

Erik Waage was clear from the beginning that he wanted to work with religion as a theme for his personal project during the workshop in Villajoyosa. And he set out with a determination that was impressive. Already from day one did he return with strong and telling images. There is an immediacy and a respect in the way he approach his theme. The viewer feel connected to the event taking place in his photos, whether it’s of the deepest religious nature or of a more unrestrained joy. Erik Waage is the observer in the classical sense of a street photographer. He waits for the moment, and captures this moment when it’s most telling and at its peak. His images are quiet, but show profound sensitivity. It doesn’t matter if it is people dancing or artefacts of religious value; Erik Waage captures the essence with a direct and magnificent expression. His colour palette is gentle and gracious, just like the way he portrays the world as he sees it.

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72 thoughts on “The Quiet and Respectful Observer

  1. Great series of photos, he captures emotions and feeling of the scene which I think is one of the most difficult things a photographer faces ~ becoming one with the scene so as to get that special moment. Well done.

  2. He certainly did capture the essence. I especially like the fact that he chose a theme or subject that most of us wouldn’t take on for whatever reasons. The quality and emotion of this series shows just how personal the theme is to him.

  3. A fantastic works! I can feel the pendant is moving and I just love the dancing picture with the dynamic movement. Yet, Erik glued them together nicely with the theme!

  4. All I can say is Wow! Great street photography.
    Erik certainly has a way with the lens. Like you say he has strong images, but still with a sensitivity to the subject in the frame. I particularly like the 2nd, 4th & 5th images. Nice angles and focal points.

  5. I really like Erik’s work …. full of emotions. And respect, just like Leila said. And so is your post … full of respect for a man’s art. Not a religious person as such, but my favorite is the lady kissing the cross. A Beautiful image. Thanks for sharing; Otto.

  6. Waage’s work well deserves the attention you’ve given it, Otto. His work has such tenderness and immediacy that I feel like I know his subjects. What reverence he gives the elderly!

  7. Wonderful images.. Now i understand more clearly when you say one needs to have the images connect the viewer with the photo..he mastered this very well..
    Thank you for sharing these with us all!

  8. Splendido lavoro di Erik, le sue immagini colpiscono molto, sono veramente belle ma soprattutto catturano momenti molto particolari!! Complimenti anche all’insegnante 🙂
    Saluti, Patrizia

  9. Erik does make us feel like we are there in the moment through his pictures. How he captured moments and gave it life, truly inspiring. Great post. All the best to you and family.

  10. Otto, I love the way you are showcasing your workshop participants’ creations. So ‘nourishing’ creatively speaking for all of us – us viewers especially.

  11. Since I work for the Catholic Church, Erik’s sensitivity to the subject really impresses me, especially the photo of kissing the relic. The person’s hand on the priest’s hand, keeping him close, but gently. The detail of the cloth to wipe the relic clean before the next person is a reassurance… this is all subliminal to the average viewer, but really well done. Bravo!

  12. Erik has done a wonderful and respectful job of catching what I think is the true essence of faith. The joy. Too often religion is portrayed with such a heavy hand that it becomes dark and scary.

  13. Dette er bilder jeg liker! Alle med en sterk følelsesmessig nærhet. Liker spesielt det tredje bilde i serien.
    Ønsker deg en god dag!

  14. Congratulations to Erik! This is an amazing collection. Every one of them is cool in its own way. I liked the first one best 😀

  15. as a strict amature photographer i aim to get an image of what i see and what therefore can be seen by other people. I delete tons of things because they dont reflect my vision – no matter what they look like. i like very much people who admire what is true. so theres my 2cents. i have just found your blog because you took the time to read one of my poems and liked it. thanks for that. and for the great place here to explore.

  16. These are beautiful. Do you know if he found it difficult to photograph people during times of spiritual reflection? I personally would find that difficult, but the tone that comes across in the photos is very intimate and respectful as you mentioned, and doesn’t seem intrusive. The last one is my favorite – love the point of view!

    1. I think he had no problems – more or less at least – to get access to the people he photographed. Most of the times the limitations are the ones we impose on ourselves. Thanks for the nice comment, Lynda.

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