Friday, May 16, 2008

Portrait Photography

Model: Miss Ree Ja, Film: Kodak B/W 400

I have come to believe that a positive chemistry and dynamic between the photographer and his subjects can elevate the quality of photos dramatically.
It might sound obvious but it's very easy to take a good thing for granted or be blinded by production values, concepts and other side elements.
This specially could be more important in a portrait session, where, the present energy should be what we are after and not our own projections and at times misconceptions about the subjects.
Subject is there and no matter how hard he/she tries, we can always feel his/her true essence even if for a short while. The challenge is to not only feel that essence, and try to photograph it but also stay true to our own vision, style and perhaps aesthetics.
In my opinion that is where the balance lays between an artistically charged portrait and a true portrait. Do we value our own vision more than the subject's true personality? And are we gaining much by this sacrifice of truth?
Depending on our goals and plans the correct answers to those questions would vary from each other...the key is to ask those simple questions before every portrait session.

Model: Miss Ree Ja, Films: Ilford B/W 100 and 3200



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