People on the other hand are compelling. They demand we look at them and attempt to determine what's in their minds. If I consider hiking with my children and now my grandchildren the views are why we start but the life we discover along the way is what excites us. As exhilarating as the surf is it's the tidepools that fascinate us as they teem with life. As a species we are drawn to life as a moth to the flame.
Over 50 years ago I was privileged to see Alfred Stieglitz image Sun Rays taken perhaps 70 years before that. This image of a woman in a sun dappled room caused me to truly look at a photograph for the first time. His later work with the Strands and of course Georgia O'Keeffe is marvelous. His Equivalents I think is non sensical.
Of all Ansel Adams work two stand head and shoulders above the rest I think. Moonrise over Hernandsez without the glowing crosses is a nice image of the moon and mountains but nothing more. I love his image, interestingly also of Georgia O'Keeffe giving the Will Rodgers look alike Orville Cox a look. What's that look anyway? "How YOU doin" perhaps??
It's not easy to take people images, posed or spontaneous but that's what makes them special.