Sunday, April 22, 2012
The portraits I take of strangers don't always end up quite the way I want. The most common problem I encounter is that people don't know how to make a natural (not smiling, but not angry) expression when a camera is in front of them. Some people, like this lovely woman in Florence, just can't do it at all.
It's not just them; admittedly, I'm not the best director. Sure, guiding your subjects is key, but I think good portraits are a result of a chemistry and/or collaboration between the subject and photographer. Speaking the same language helps too...
Anyway, I got lucky - now, I have a great collection of awkward portraits. And lucky you - I'm debuting the first today :)
Have a great weekend!