Portraits round 1
|Portraiture is a very exciting branch of photography probably because of it’s subject. It is indeed a very ancient and natural thing to depict our fellowman. Therefore enormous amount of portraits has been created over the history and especially nowadays.
Most likely this is the reason why portraiture is not easy to do well, fortunately all of us genetically attracted to faces. People are hard-coded to recognize human faces virtually everywhere and in anything even if there is only a few random craters and some shadows on the surface of a dead planet.
I also do love good portraits, and I am generally taking a lot as well. Unfortunately I am not as good as I wish to be.
It is rather hard to catch the moment of emotion in a right composition among proper lights to get a really special portrait. In addition as it is an interactive process you have to be connected to the other human-being on a level which is challenging and exciting at the same time.
This is overall very rewarding for me and I am going to keep shooting portraits for sure, hopefully on a higher and higher level.
|I was planning to post some of my portraits here for a long time ago, but on the other hand I decided to push myself to publish new works as much as possible.
Finally the time has come and I have developed a few rolls of film a few days ago. So now I have some new photos which I will mix up with a few not so new ones.
The recent shoots caused a quite a bit of excitement because as always everything was experimental. I have tested a new focusing screen in my Pentacon Six as well as 2 new types of film (Fuji Across 100, Lomo Lady Gray 400) and this was the first time I used Kodak D76 developer.
It turned out all good, however there were lessons to learn again.
Some new shoots
Some not so new shoots
These two pictures were among those I shoot on my first few rolls and developed myself around 2007-2008. The guy was my roommate during the university and these were taken in our kitchen next to a big window.
By the way, he is also a photographer and shooting film too from time to time. He is the founder of a really nice blog called 100ASA.
Naturally there are many more portraits in my collection which deserve a frame in this blog and certainly many will show up. I only need to find the occasion and the context to merge them with recent works and publish. But hey this is only the round 1. I hope some of these cached your eye.