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A Plethora of Portraits

Let’s start this year’s collection of photographic art with one of my favorite subject matters to photograph – the human face.

Photography is not a flattering media for portraying people. The camera cannot capture the vision of the mind’s eye. It cannot capture the emotion of the moment of its capture or its subject matter. A camera only records the light and the dark. Despite the limitations of the camera, the art of photography is to create an image that evokes emotion in the soul of the viewer.

Faces are innately fascinating to humans. We look at a portrait and try to judge the nature of the person. We automatically ascribe emotion to the person portrayed in the photo. Regardless of whether the person is old or young, male or female, we try to see beyond the surface of the painting or photograph to understand the person.

This is why portraiture appeals to us all.

Brian

Brian

Caleb

Caleb

Sarah

Sarah

Wayne

Wayne

Leslie

Leslie

The Colonel

The Colonel




  1. Judy Hecht on Sunday 26, 2014

    I always enjoy seeing your work and I love your writing. What you say is so true, we are only seeing light and shadow, yet we find intense feeling in the faces, the eyes, the curve of the lips. Your portraits don’t try to lie. They don’t pretty things up by taking out a wrinkle or a blemish, they are raw and real, and because of this, they are more beautiful than the touched up images that we are bombarded with on a daily basis. Thank you for your art, it touches my heart.

  2. Lori on Sunday 26, 2014

    Thanks, Judy,

    Your words are very true, too. We need to teach ourselves to see the beauty in other people they way they are, not the way we think they should be. This certainly applies to real people even more than photographs. 🙂



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