"Sensitive people faced with the prospect of a camera portrait put on a face they think is the one they would like to show the world. Very often what lies behind the façade is rare and more wonderful than the subject knows or dares to believe." ~Irving Penn
I’ve been in my new studio for just over a month. I’m still exploring the possibilities of this space, small as it is. In all actuality, I appreciate the smallness of the space, it allows me to try things that would be easy in a large space. It allows me to reclaim skills I once had, and to find my groove again.
In the short time that I have had the space, I have done two K9 sessions and portraits for a family of four. All worked exceptionally well.
I’ve also worked on a new art piece in between the sessions, which entailed woodworking and epoxy resin pours. The ability to work on artwork in the studio is also something that I am able to do. By the way, the new work will be on display at Fortune Gallery’s Winter Show, starting December 7,2022.
This past weekend was the Xchanges Gallery and Studios Member’s Show and open House. I decided that I would offer a quick portrait to anyone that wanted to sit for me. I had the idea to emulate Irving Penn’s ‘Corner Portrait’ idea, with my own spin, of course.
My portraits are a little darker, the corner less visible, but I feel they capture the essence of the corner, but more importantly, the portraits capture the spirit of the sitters, and I believe, get's behind the façade, as Irving Penn's quote above alludes to.
These impromptu sessions were quick, unplanned, and unscripted. Some people I knew, others were complete strangers. These portraits gave me another glimpse into what is possible, not only in the tiny studio, but what I am capable of as a photographer and as a human.
Big thanks to all those brave souls that placed themselves in front of my lens!