I was at the Scoot Inn in early February to make this Drink and Click Portrait of Seven. I found this relatively “bright” corner of their large yard, desperate for any ambient source of light. Originally, I wasn’t crazy about the closed metal shutter to the right, but found that it made for a somewhat dramatic backdrop. Coupled with the horizontal wood fence in the back, there’s a geometry that surrounds her.
The hard lines of the surrounding geometry are a rather interesting counterpoint to the sultry look, but perhaps it’s the contrast that I like about it. That and the fact it’s an atypical portrait. There are even strong vertical patterns in Seven’s space-aged outfit.
Believe it or not, this is the same area I shot this moody portrait of Sonia. What a difference a few feet and a different background makes. In the portrait of Sonia, you can tell what I used to light Seven. A series of dim overhead incandescent lamps are far from ideal, especially compared to a proper soft box, but possible for portrait, in a pinch. I also think improvising on lights and backgrounds forces something different, compared to a pre-setup photo-ready environment.
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