Dgrin Mini-Challenge #267 - Environmental Portraits
I've got an idea! I want to focus on portraiture this round, in particular because I am working so hard to become better at it. I can learn a lot from all of you! As I looked over portraits I've taken lately that I consider "successful", I noticed that a lot of them have as much to do with their environmental context as with the person being photographed. So let's explore the genre of "environmental portraits"! In the words of Frank van Riper, an environmental portrait "lets me say something about my subject or, more correctly, lets the environment say something about the person or persons in the photograph."
Here are some guidelines that refine this concept for the purposes of this contest:
- Purposeful and (usually) posed. This is not street photography, where you've spontaneously captured someone in their environment. This is portraiture where the subject is known ahead of time (or spotted ahead of time, in the case of a stranger) and then purposefully placed into their environment. The subject is aware their portrait is being taken.
- There is a clear balance between the environment and the person--both elements of the photograph are part of the story the photo is telling.
- The environment reveals something about the person being portrayed. It is NOT simply choosing an interesting or beautiful location and shooting the person there. The location is part of the biography of the person.
- Attention is given to lighting (usually natural, or only slightly enhanced with flash or reflection), color and/or texture, and composition.
Please submit your three best environmental portraits. A brief caption is welcome--this genre of portraits often appear in magazine profiles, and are allowed a brief caption. So we are too! Black and white or color is fine. Can't wait to see what you've got! The contest begins today, May 30, and will end at midnight Pacific daylight savings time on Thursday, June 14, 2018.
Here are some examples from my work:
My eldest, who is studying anthropology and has a particular interest in ancient Britain, pictured at Hadrian's Wall. (An aside: Yes, he hiked in to this site over several kilometers in tie and dress shoes.)
Senior portrait of a young lady who intends to enter the independent film industry, standing at the door of our local, teeny-tiny 20-seat, art house cinema.
Portraits of my youngest son, who lives in a rural town, but loves the city--because of this, we purposefully traveled the 3.5 hrs into the city for his set of senior pictures. In most of them, the cityscape is quite blurred and therefore secondary to the portrait, but these two are purposefully about the environment as well as the young man.
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