I have been enjoying Ben Maddow’s “Faces” treatise on the history of portraiture and looking at hundreds of old B&W portraits. I was very moved by Paul Strand’s images - for me, he’s is one of the greatest photographers of people of all time. So all this was inside of me when I took a casual snapshot of my daughter in the minivan. She looked a me and I saw a bit of her inner life, her unique view of the world as a person - she was wearing a bright orange shirt and a colorful cap - the colors really didn’t go with her expression, so I started to experiment with B&W, looking for a way to interpret the image that reflected what I saw with my heart when I photographed her, not what the camera captured. This is what I came up with.
Archive for April 2010
ere is a self portrait I did today for fun. I was thinking about my mother, whom I haven’t seen for over a year and won’t see again until Dec, hopefully. She gave me a nice pen las Christmas, and I wanted that in the picture. I also wanted to say something about me - I like the arts, especially popular arts, (more than high art) indigenous cultures and interesting places, I love color, and I love light. I also enjoy reading and writing, and am pretty casual when it comes to my apperance. I also like to think that I have a warm personality.
So I put all this together in this environmental portrait.