Theme – faces and Figures
Portraiture is about capturing and unveiling a person’s character. It takes two to record a photographic portrait, a collaboration between the sitter and photographer. Being in the moment to direct the camera and compose with openness and unleashing your creative eye.
Approach- Choose one of the approaches to capture your portraits.
Documentary approach with candid shots, your subject/s in their natural surroundings; family event/celebration, in the home, at work, sports events.
Research; Richard Avedon, Nan Goldin, Dorothea lange, Jill Greenberg, Annie Leibovitz, Mary Ellen Mark.
The following photographs taken in order of appearance by Dorothea Lange, Anna Fox and Nan Goldin.
A surreal approach, looking at form, texture and detail of your subject. Close up of a face or outline of the figure sitting down/ standing. Here you can play around with focus, colour (natural light or artificial lighting you could set up a mini studio).
The following photographs are taken by; Gregory Crewdson, Bill Brandt and Cindy Sherman.
Research; Nadav Kander, Bill Brandt, Man Ray, Philippe Halsman, Gregory Crewdson, Anna Fox.
Composition and Lighting
Remember think about composition; how will you frame your subject? Choose a vantage point? Lines/suggested lines? Depth of field?
How will you light your subject? Outdoor or indoors? time of day?