An older collection
I’m not known for people shots, since for the past 15 years in my spare time I have been photographing wildlife (mainly birds), but candid and street portraits is something I would like to do more off.
My previous work
What I find when searching through my photo library is that most of my candid portraits of the past lack character. Sure I found some that have more character than others, but to a large extent, the overall results show that the photographer shot them in a more haphazard way than with a certain intent. In other words, what I see in them today, is what I wont be shooting in the future. From now on I would like to concentrate more on depth of character than the outside smiley face.
A separate project
So this post is just to get me started and help me concentrate on my new project or should I say 2nd or maybe sub-project to my 1st one. When I think about it, my candid / street portraits will be made during my street photography excursions so my two new projects are really one and the same – its just that I will be separating the "portraits" from the rest.
So what is a portrait and what is not? In the images below, I’m facing the problem of distinguishing or labeling what is what. Is it a candid, a street portrait, an environmental portrait, a head shot or a bit of everything. Maybe I shouldn't worry so much about what to name them and just shoot. Maybe I should just label them all "portraits"?
Here are some of my older "portraits" which I recently “refurbished” with Silver Efex Pro from Nik software. Although none of them were taken with my Fuji kit, I believe my X-T1 with my newly acquired lenses, the 23mm and the 56mm should prove perfect for the Job. So I'm hoping to make more street portraits in the coming months to share with you guys.
Whats wrong with the above
So whats wrong with the above gallery of images? Well in the previous paragraph, my concern was what to label them, unfortunately, the problem is elsewhere. Its not about labels, its about having the same theme, or belonging to one body of work! So now that I have sorted that out, its time to move on. Hopefully my next gallery of images will be themed or have something to tie them together!
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