Walking the streets in search of a shot is a revealing process. You react to things that attract your attention and click the shutter, hoping for an interesting image. Then, after some time in the quiet of your home or studio, you look at what has been captured, and frankly, most of the time, wonder what the heck prompted you to waste a piece of film. This is the academy of photography in practice: learning what really looks good on a print. Funny faces are instinctively appealing, so I also tend to collect some of these over time.
Then there can be various types of funny, from simply a subconscious give away of an instant emotion, to a purposeful pose. The master of capturing these scenes full of humour is undoubtedly Elliot Erwitt (BTW, he is still alive and well…)- if you chance to find his book “Snaps” or “Personal best” they are a treat.
“She’s Funny That Way” – Lester Young