I think one of the greatest human needs is to be seen…to feel that people in the world really see you and that you matter. I know I feel like that sometimes…I just want a moment to express myself or be in a place and feel that my physical presence matters somehow in this big ‘ole crazy world.
Photography can do amazing things to fill this need. I have found that in these past few days of the “31 Portraits” project it is such a pleasure to sit with someone and acknowledge them as a person in what they do for a job, or where they are most comfortable…it might just be about capturing them in a moment where they’re just “being”. We don’t have very many moments throughout the day like that as a society…and I can’t express how wonderful it is to make a portrait without an agenda…it’s a “just because” thing and I have really, really enjoyed it. I’m contemplating doing a “52 Portraits” project this year. The “one a day” gets a little crazy because I put a lot of thought into it and it’s a time sucker (although it’s a quality one)…one a week is do-able and it will be so fun to decide who it will be each week. I like that part.
Maybe today you do a self portrait and just “be” for a few minutes. Or maybe you grab your friend or child and trade taking pics of each other in a pretty place. It’s a way of stopping the clock for a minute and can be such a lovely memory.
Jan. 9~ Amy McGeachy: consultant, runner, mom to littles, encourager and friend, glad to be alive.
Technical info: Scene shot at ISO 200/…f/8…shutter 1/250th…Amy shot on hi-key backdrop…ISO 100…f/8…shutter 125…composite made in Photoshop CS5
Jan. 10~ Max: age 4…loves his toys, his older sister and soccer. Family considers him a ham & a chatterbox.
Technical info: shot in studio on brown Les Brandt background…ISO 100..f/4…shutter 1/125. “Chocolate syrup” action used from Kevin Kubota actions pack.
Jan. 11~ Alison: empty nester, Irish dress magic maker…lover of reading, good beer, the perfect work-out and punk rock music.
Technical info: shot in Alison’s studio..blinds closed…Nikon SB 800 flash on a stand & set on 1/2 power…iso 200…f/4…shutter dragged at 1/250th
Jan. 12~ Maria Vertopoulos Creager: Greek Goddess, hair genius, empty nester, tropical weather worshiper…showing us all how the 40’s should be in the head and body.
Technical info: (whole thing shot in under five minutes after my haircut!)…positioned Maria away from mirrors so flash wouldn’t reflect back. Nikon SB 800 on stand at 1/2 power..iso 200…f/4…shutter dragged 1/250th.
Happy weekend, lovelies—it might snow here (that’s a big deal for us!)
p.s. count down to “Top Secret in Texas Ya’ll” workshop…13 days…very exciting!