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A 52 Week Project | Monochromatic/Achromatic/Color Portraiture
Week 11: Colorized Vulnerability
Another week, another staged portrait shot composed through the use of artificial side (reflective and diffused) lighting.
This week, I went to a place of vulnerability; a place of bare self.
I have been doing a lot of referencing in previous weeks, and that had me in a contemplative state. I had to ask myself the question, in each reconstruction, “What am I bringing to the table that makes this work my own?”, and I was met with the thought: I bring my emotions, my vulnerability to each shot.
Each position and expression is deliberate. The positioning of hands, fingers, mouth, eyes, and shadows to light. To express emotions and a story, you must first be willing to bare your soul to your viewers and that is something I try to do when I create any image with myself involved.
Without further ado, here is my shot for Week 11 of this portraiture project!
The rules I have laid out are simple – 1) these portraits can be of myself or another model, but cannot be the same image as my other project; 2) There must be a lighting element – whether my studio lights or a consciously planned shoot using natural lighting from the golden hour, etc. The key being consciously planned – no “on a whim”, point the camera at someone and call it complete. These will be portraits per the definition:
1. A painting, drawing, photograph, or engraving of a person.
2. A representation or impression of someone or something in language or on film.
picture – likeness – portraiture – portrayal – effigy
My goal is to expand my portraiture abilities and processing as well as direction I give others while also working on my creative muscles and my own personal style, which I believe to be shooting what I like to see!