Faceoff: Portrait Assignment in Photography

So, when we were assigned to do portraits I was not very pumped. I was thinking of the same old 'pose for the camera' shots. I racked my brain on how I could make this assignment mine! I do believe that portrait can be described as a part of someone or something to encase a description about a subject. We do not always need to get a shot of the face to describe an individual. After fretting about this assignment for a few days an image finally came to mind, one from a different perspective that I wanted to grow off of.  I asked my sister-in-law to stand in as my model. She, as I was in the beginning, was not supper pumped about it. Who really likes to get their photo taken, only to look at it later on and critique the way our face looks, or our stance?? I totally understood. However, she agreed! I explained that I wanted to capture a portrait without the face....instead I wanted to focus on the other end of the body, the feet. To be more specific, her work boots. So here it goes...

This shot was to capture sort of a stand off between human and horse. Or horse and worker. 

This shot was to capture sort of a stand off between human and horse. Or horse and worker. 

A bit more relaxed view of the stand off. Almost a view of comparison. 

A bit more relaxed view of the stand off. Almost a view of comparison. 

Ok, this is the shot!!!! The shot that came to my mind when attempting to figure my view point of portrait. I am beyond pleased with this shot. I am also exploring the presentation of photographs. I really like the contrast between the two photos with the movement of the knee. I love too the blending of the horse hoof with the ground, as if it is growing from the earth. 

Ok, this is the shot!!!! The shot that came to my mind when attempting to figure my view point of portrait. I am beyond pleased with this shot. I am also exploring the presentation of photographs. I really like the contrast between the two photos with the movement of the knee. I love too the blending of the horse hoof with the ground, as if it is growing from the earth. 

One of the pieces of the assignment was to take a shot in a window with light hitting the subject. I decided to make use of a window in the horse barn. I also am pleased to capture a shot without the faces of the horse (Gus) or Jess.  My professor said he disliked this photo within the series, that maybe it did not belong, and I can agree with that. He did compliment the shot though. 

One of the pieces of the assignment was to take a shot in a window with light hitting the subject. I decided to make use of a window in the horse barn. I also am pleased to capture a shot without the faces of the horse (Gus) or Jess.  My professor said he disliked this photo within the series, that maybe it did not belong, and I can agree with that. He did compliment the shot though. 

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Another part was to capture a shot with a different light source. I used the reflection of the hay. Again exploring the presentation of photos. This one produced a star in the center which really helped relay the idea of using the light from the hay to take the photo. 

Another part was to capture a shot with a different light source. I used the reflection of the hay. Again exploring the presentation of photos. This one produced a star in the center which really helped relay the idea of using the light from the hay to take the photo. 

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A shade shot. 

A shade shot. 

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So there it is. I am so excited about this session. I am so pleased with the way these shots turned out!!!!! I am not sure if it is the pot of coffee I had while editing, or the Ted Talks (http://www.ted.com/playing in the background, I am feeling very inspired about this assignment. Words cannot express my excitement over this!!!!! Overall I was given a good critique! A big 'thank you' to Jess for taking the role as model!!!! I really feel like there is something here that I want to continue to explore.........

 

A fellow student of mine and I have decided to conquer small goals this semester in our adventure of going back to school. This next week we are going to attempt to put ourselves 'out there,' I think I am going to submit this series for review to be put in an upcoming student art show......fingers crossed!!!