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A 52 Week Project | Monochromatic/Achromatic/Color Portraiture

Week 28: True Grit

“Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have – life itself.” – Walter Anderson

Back to work and back to life (This song springs to mind – Soul II Soul – Back To Life); a wonderful vacation was had, and just like every vacation, you come back renewed and full of vigor; though, slightly sad that the good times had to end.

Now that I am back, and feeling recharged (mentally and creatively) it is time to get back into school, art, photography, and the pursuit of knowledge.

For this shot, I used a 50mm lens on my #canon  60D (propped it on a printer since I was sans tripod) and early morning natural light with a small strobe in my hand to act as fill for the shadows.  Once it was composed in the manner I wanted it, I began to retouch the portrait in a way fitting my mood and concept for today.

Per the quote above by Walt Anderson, which was on my mind this morning for numerous reasons, I thought about my own true grit and wanted to express it.

I have put up with a lot of shit from a lot of different people over the years, and the one thing that has always gotten me through it (besides the love of a great family and amazing friends) is me.  How I choose to respond to things; because, when it comes down to it, I affect my own quality of life, not others – no matter how hard they may try.

This is true in my personal life and also in my professional life.  If I stayed knocked down every time someone said something twatty about me, my work, or my style, I would be six feet under that pile of bullshit, but it is because of my ability to stand back up and keep trying to make my way in life – I succeed.

So, without further ado, here is my grittier, take no grief portrait for Week 28 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!

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