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The Portrait

March 17, 2013  •  1 Comment

It's been a little while since I last posted a blog. I have been busy doing other non photographic contracts which have been fascinating. I always long for the camera though and fortunately I have had the chance to get the camera out as part of my work. When people ask me what do I love photographing the most, I have to say people.

Whether in the studio or in the street I love taking pictures of people. So then I thought, why don't I put a few of my photos here on my blog for you to see. Every photo has a story. Every face has a story. Whilst we live life in the present, It is in the past that we take time to observe, reflect and re-live. The portrait photograph is an important part of that narrative. I hope you enjoy these images. Some are serious, others not. Some are set in the studio and others in the street. They are in no particular order and feel free to comment. I'd love to hear if you have a favourite and why.

 

 


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Paula Nolan(non-registered)
These are beautiful. From a technical point-of-view they are superb. Impossible to pick a favourite, as they're very varied in style and subject. I have a personal preference for the non-studio 'caught' shots, yet those studio shots are so beautiful really I cannot rate them any differently to the out-and-about shots. So instead of saying what my favourite shot is, I'll see what shots are staying most in my mind after one look through the slideshow.

The teenage boy sitting on the floor, because it's rare enough to get teenage boys as subjects without them making funny faces, throwing their eyes up to heaven, acting as if they don't care... So this photo captures something hard to capture. The boy himself draws you in with his eyes, even while the same eyes tell you to go away! I can see he's not going to be in his teens for much longer, so you really caught a very fleeting time in all of our lives – that transition.

The woman with the 'Moscow' t-shirt, because of the look on her face. She has a gorgeous face, and you imagine she's very kind-hearted. Yet there's a sadness in her too. So what I get from it is that lovely sense of how heroic mankind is, that we carry on regardless, and make opportunities to enjoy ourselves.

The little flower girl, because you caught something lovely in her face, and I can see this photograph telling her a lot about her little self when she's her bigger self. Also, because the photo has a very Italian Renaissance feel to it.

The black & white shot of Lesley, because she has such a great face. It's the most quixotic mixture of beauty and character, and it's rare in a face. Most women opt to emphasise the beauty and in the process lose the character, when of course the mixture is utterly beguiling. This comes across fully in this portrait.

I remember more than those of course. The studio portraits are top notch, but I know from my ex who is a portrait painter that it's hard for people who don't know the person in the portrait to feel a connection. He once sold a painting of me, but it wasn't a straight portrait. I was stretched out on a couch (fully dressed!) and the surroundings were included in it a bit. So it had an atmosphere quite separate from the focus point – me. I met the couple who bought it, and they loved it.

Thanks for putting these up in your blog. I've a long way to go to learn enough about cameras to take shots like these, but hey, I am on the first step!
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