new photo blog

i started this blog in 2006, and it's shifted along with my interests through the years. it's been witness to a lot of learning for me...

still, i feel that i need a home for my photography -- so from now on, i'll be posting my pictures on the journal on my reworked website. if you like my photos, you might decide to follow me there!

my first post is here -- check it out!

as for this blog, i'm not sure what will happen. i don't think i'm willing to let it go, and certainly i'll keep it as an archive, but i need some time to figure it out.

for those of you that pop in from time to time, thanks for the visits and encouragement.

Thursday, May 07, 2009

alexander, chiaroscuro

alexander, chiaroscuro
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i have a secret passion for portraiture... and it's the type of photography that's the most intimidating for me.

i want the subject to feel that the image expresses his/her sense of self, and i want it to be emotionally moving for the viewer. i want it to be technically skillful and aesthetically pleasing.

i don't want to be a pain for the victim subject when i'm taking the picture -- as i know i'm not easily satisfied and will take endless shots, sometimes even go back moments later and reshoot if i think of doing something differently.

and i really don't know enough about portraits.

three currently favorite photographers who do amazing portraits (among other work) -- on flickr -- are betie bet (recent example, the thinker), L.J. (recent example, (untitled)), and sunmamma (recent example, I will always remember the day the sun shone dark on your hair & I forgot where we were & kissed you lightly on the nose & suddenly there was no more secret.).

alexander was willing to humor me. as we sat down to lunch with friends several days ago, with no preparation and with intense light on one side and darkness to his right, i gave it a go.

alex is good-looking and confirmation of the fact is welcome. besides that, tell me what you think of the picture... constructively? (she asks nervously).


  1. That guy is not exactly good looking in this picture. I mean, he is much more than good looking: he has intelligent eyes and an air of pensiveness and his pale face makes him look like a noble scholar from El Greco´s paintings.

    I can´t say for sure if this guy is all that you made him look in your portrait but somehow you make me think his real self is exactly that intelligent, pale and intense man you have portrayed and you just had to capture him to show us his real self.

    Love it!. Did I say I want you to do more portraits?

  2. The fact that it's all slightly out of focus except his left eye makes it all the more intense. It guides your eye to his and kinda makes you think there's something just between you and him; a secret, a revelation, a word.

    More portraits please! ^__^