The Person In The Moment
I’ve always loved portrait photography, even when I had a phobia of drawing people (yes there was such a time). I feel that my own work relates more closely to portrait photography than painting because it is all about capturing a person’s essence in that given moment. All the vulnerabilities and imperfections that a paintbrush has the power to erase have been burnt onto a roll of film. Often the most honest and candid portraits are the photos that are taken in the seconds between poses when the subject is caught off guard. As the observer I find these shots far more compelling as they capture subtle emotions and often I find myself imagining a whole narrative around the given photograph.
Historically portrait painting is about trying to represent the subject as a whole. The artist will spend hours in a sitting trying to squeeze as much of that person onto a canvas as possible. More often than not paintings are completed under instruction of the subject, hence we are seeing what they want us to see and not what they truly are.
So here’s to being caught in the moment, and for a fraction of a second letting the world see us for who we really are.
Photograph courtesy of www.benwatts.com