SXSW ’17 Portraits: Kaylee

Kaylee, SXSW 2017 - Austin, Texas

Kaylee, SXSW 2017 – Austin, Texas

I’m finishing my SXSW ’17 Portrait series with Kaylee, who I photographed at Amazon’s Resistance Radio venue. Kaylee was by the bar alone, occasionally talking with the bartender. I was a little self-conscious and unsure but asked if I could make a portrait. The lighting in these places are not the best either, however, it was worth a try. What resulted was better than I expected and a nice way to end the series.

I’ve mentioned it before, but it feels strange to post all of these portraits. I started out in architecture, in the city, making urban landscapes. But slowly began to incorporate street photography and then street portraiture. I’ve always liked the traditional look of black and white for street photography which had an influence on these portraits.

While I experimented and changed what I shoot, over the years, my recent purchase of the Olympus PEN-F has also had an effect. The camera’s retro looks and convenient film like styles, especially the black and white, has encouraged me to try new things.

Posting a series with a common theme, is also something new, and I hope you liked it. Some have also given me encouraging words. Thank you. I don’t want this blog to be just about casual portraits, so I’ll mix back in other types of photography. However, during the recent SXSW events, I shot a lot of people — more than ever — so you will see more people focused photos, for a while.

March, for me, is the busiest time for photography. Between SXSW Interactive and SXSW Music as well as Rodeo Austin, it’s a particularly content rich month.

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