Actor and model Harry May

Duality – this is the key word when it comes to portraiture. The portraitist and the sitter. The image of ourselves we are accustomed to and the image that comes out of a session. The final portrait and its viewer.

Portrait photography has never just been about appearance. First and foremost, it’s about the connection between two individuals – the one in front of the camera, the one behind it.

Portraits are always tales of two halves.

I believe that a real emotional connection, even short, is the key to authentic portraiture – which is much more than striking a pose. I’ve learnt that listening to people during a shooting is more important than photoshopping them afterwards.

Each sitter is unique, each portrait session is unique. A session has always taught me something – no matter how short it was.

Feed your curiosity, be respectful, always learn – these are the guiding stars of both my practice as a portrait photographer and my research as a writer who specialises in portraiture.

Duality, a tale of two halves – that’s why is both a portfolio and a blog. Taking portraits, talking portraits.