We humans are a great species. Perhaps I am biased :-} We are very diverse and each one unique in so many ways- face and body, dress, mannerism, emotion, thought, ability, behavior, and so on. Humans can be wonderful photographic elements as subject, background, or both. Their body language and facial expressions can tell a story, incite curiosity, furnish mystery or humor, convey mood and effect emotion, exhibit sensuality, provide drama to our photographs, and so much more. They can also add perspective, scale, and movement.
I must say however that in the World of Artistic Photography human subjects are no more important than animals, trees, insects, stones, or whatever one chooses to photograph. All are part of our universe and can be the foundation of excellent compositions. That being said however, it is certain that humans can add some special qualities to one's photographs. The most moving and impactful, story filled or emotional photographic captures, usually involve people. Even if your photo project does not include people, it might be beneficial in some circumstances to maintain an awareness of humans in the photo-environment, and the opportunities which they present as potential subject or background.
If uncertain whether or not to include available human subjects in a photo, try to photograph the scene with and without them, deciding later which is preferred. The light is there... go for it. The Lightjacker
How much less interesting would the photo below be without the Human element?
Lightjackers enjoy things which are quirky and curious, entertaining, funny, comical, diverting, and witty.
Some might call us absurd, batty, boffo, comical, crazy, dippy, dizzy, droll, entertaining, facetious, farcical, flaky, fool, foolheaded, for grins, freaky, funny, gelastic, goofus, goofy, gump, horse's tail, humorous, ironic, jerky, jocular, joking, joshing, laughable, light, loony, ludicrous, nutty, off the wall, priceless, ridiculous, risible, schtick, screwy, side-splitting, silly, wacky, waggish, whimsical, and witty.
Others might call us ape, barmy, bats in the belfry, berserk, bonkers, cracked, crazed, cuckoo, daft, delirious, demented, deranged, dingy, dippy, erratic, flipped, flipped out, freaked out, fruity, idiotic, insane, kooky, lunatic, mad, mad as a March hare, mad as a hatter, mental, moonstruck, nuts, nutty as fruitcake, of unsound mind, out of one's mind, out of one's tree, out to lunch, potty, psycho, round the bend, screw loose, screwball, screwy, silly , touched, unbalanced, unglued, unhinged, and unzipped.
Our reaction would most likely be toSmile. The Lightjacker