No Lights, No Props

I’ve never been very drawn to studio photography. So when I decided to start on a portrait project, I knew I had to be committed to no lights and no props, very little posing and as much conversation as possible.  I want to know and reveal something about that person in front of the camera that only he/she wants known or revealed but that cannot be expressed in words.

This natural light portrait project focuses on the emotional availability of human beings – not as dictated by a photographer, but as witnessed by the lens without the photographer’s interpretation. What interests me is what we are able and willing to reveal in a split second, when not thinking of the camera in between the moments. I hope to uncover, without words, what we all share as humans in a subconsciously, well-guarded way.

Is this nebulous enough?? That’s because I don’t own this project. It owns me and its future is not up to me. It is creating its own self as an exploration and as candid, unspoken thought. 

Because my experience and style is mostly in street photography, I’m having to stretch for this totally different genre of photography. I hope to learn a great deal more about photo techniques but moreso, about human beings.

(follow the practice shots on Flickr).

 An Afternoon With Dean, Part 1: Film & Digital Shots

Medium Format Film - Rolleiflex - Kodak Tri-X 400
Medium Format Film – Rolleiflex – Kodak Tri-X 400
Medium Format Film - Rolleiflex - Fuji Acros 100
Medium Format Film – Rolleiflex – Fuji Acros 100
Medium Format Film - Rolleiflex - Fuji Acros 100
Medium Format Film – Rolleiflex – Fuji Acros 100
Digital - NikonD300
Digital – NikonD300
Digital - NikonD300
Digital – NikonD300
Digital - NikonD300
Digital – NikonD300

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