I got the chance to shoot a series of portraits the other month with the singer- songwriter Ariel. Portraits are an interesting process as I always have preconceived ideas of what or how the finished photos will look after seeing photographs before, and then generally speaking they are very different after shooting, processing and then editing. That’s almost entirely due to talking to the person in question whilst shooting.
Your initial thoughts are important, but they only act as the vaguest of supports when you actually start shooting. Don’t get me wrong, I think that’s a good way to work; it adds an element of uncertainty multiplied by the lack of instant digital feedback that is to the say the least invigorating. The big mamiya 7 performing in a situation it shouldn’t, so sharp, but oh those big creamy negatives, and then that soft but sharp sonnar just dripping character.
The critical success factor though isn’t equipment based, it’s a rapport and an interesting conversation, and at the end of it some half- decent images, even if we disagreed on Nirvana’s influence on music and how you can shoot with one eye open all the time.
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