"For art to exist, for any sort of aesthetic activity or perception to exist, a certain physiological precondition is indispensable: intoxication." Friedrich Nietzsche

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

THE PORTRAITIST'S DILEMMA

 
The Portrait. I love taking portraits of people. That said, I find it a very complicated process. On my part. I never want the "sitter" to feel any concern, in fact, I try to make the experience natural and easy peasy as possible. Seamless and well as seemless. 

 
I want to capture the essence of the person as best I can. But I don't want it to look like one of those canned studio shots. You know those places...you find them in malls and department stores.
Nothing inherently wrong with their endeavors but selecting a backdrop by pulling it down from the ceiling isn't my style.  

 
My style includes controlling the image and making something unique without being way out there.
 
Of course, if it's a corporate head shot meant for a company web site or brochure then certainly the classic pose and an unobstrusive backdrop is what you want. And I have those too along with all the appropriate lighting fixtures needed to take a fine studio picture.
 
I guess that's why I said at the top that it's a complicated process (for me) maybe complicated is too
thick...it's just that I care about the image - I want the sitter to look good - I want my
imprint print visible.

Given the chance and the trust of the sitter - the artsy side of me bubbles to the top.

Thanks for stopping by.

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