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A few thoughts on portraits:

“The portrait is one of the most curious art forms. It demands special qualities in the artist, and an almost total kinship with the model” (Henri Matisse). As part of Proper Portraits we explored the relationship between photographer and subject. As Matisse once suggested, the secret is this relationship. As a photographer, I always find that talking to your model and forming a rapport with them is the key to getting them to relax and look comfortable.

“When one starts from a portrait and seeks by successive eliminations to find pure form… one inevitably ends up with an egg” (Pablo Picasso). What I think Picasso is trying to say is that when applying the above technique, and the model becomes more relaxed, you start to see a part of who they really are. They show you a glimpse of whats inside; their personality, their background, their past.

“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them” (God – Genesis 1 vs 27). We are God inspired, we are uniquely created, we are intentionally designed.

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