I think Shanice wins the prize for the most radiant smile. I met and photographed her at the back of the second floor. She was acting as traffic cop, skillfully controlling the flow to the video portrait area and the restrooms. As you can tell from her t-shirt, this is another portrait taken at the Nat Geo Base Camp.
On a technological level, I think it’s amazing making some of these portraits at all. Certainly the grainy black and whites have a simulated film look, but consider that this was shot at ISO 4000 at f1.6. Perhaps not impossible for film, but very challenging indeed. It’s not very difficult with digital, especially with newer cameras.
But ultimately, who cares about the technology, which is there at the service of creating the photograph. I’m enjoying making these portraits because they seem to make character filled representations, in less than ideal conditions. It’s not about that pixel perfect shot, rather it’s about capturing the person, the mood and the story.
It’s ironic that for a photographer who started shooting lots of urban landscapes, that I’m posting all these portraits. But I suppose the gritty and imperfect nature of these, somewhat fits with the urban style. I’m not an expert in lighting and posing people as are traditional portrait practitioners. Just a guy capturing interesting folks on the street and writing the back stories mixed with photographic commentary.
Day six of the SXSW Portrait series.
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