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.