I’m finally finishing the model portraits with my black and white photos with faces lit by smartphone. It’s something I started a while ago, which has blossomed into a full-fledged sub-genre. You can see some of them in my Drink and Click posts.
Philosophically speaking, these portraits represent how integral smartphones have become in our lives. That’s true not only in the U.S. but all over India and the rest of the world. These devices are so ubiquitous and inexpensive that citizens of developing nations have also been swept up into their addictive power.
While I’ve generally shied away from smiling portraits, you might notice that my smartphone portraits look especially severe. I instruct my subjects to looks upset or surprised that I’m taking their photo. As though I’m spying on them, while they are lost in their electronic devices and suddenly realize that someone is photographing them.
You may recall that I also made a another lit by smartphone portrait in India. I made one of Sahana on the day of my arrival, on Sunday. Six days later, on Saturday, I made these. The next day was going to be my last in India, and I was heading to another city for tourism. An opportunity to see temples and palaces and more street photography in crowded marketplaces.
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