From a Box Brownie, to the latest digital gear, it is all just tools, or a means of stating who we are, at various points in time. The sophistication of our images has more to do with our personal growth, than the equipment that we acquire along the way.
Sunday, December 8, 2013
About 3 years or so ago, I volunteered a little of my time to help out with a local drama group, the Rose City Players. One of the assignments that they had me do was to do some head shots of the main actors in the play "Driving Miss Daisy" that they were rehearsing for. So I hauled out my old studio lights and camera equipment that had been collecting dust and cobwebs, and fired them up again. It was like starting all over again, since I had not used those lights for about 6 years or so. Later on, I used this shot of "Rolly" for one of the competition nights at the Windsor Camera Club that I had joined, and the print chairman had scooped it to be entered into the Greater Detroit Camera Club Council, which the WCC is a member of. At the time, I did not give it too much thought. However, a few weeks later I was given a nice green ribbon that said the print had taken Third Place in their competition over in Detroit. Hey, that was nice! I had not expected anything at the time. I had joined the Windsor Camera Club as just a means to have a good night out with the guys, and if the prints that I entered scored well, then that was a bonus. Anyway, this portrait was originally done in colour, but to me it looked better in Black & White. Sometimes, colour gets in the way, or is too distracting. These days it seems, a lot of folks are trying to be "different" by shooting all of these young aspiring models to look so intense and mysterious. It is not cool to smile anymore. Personally, one of the main reasons that I like to do portraits, is to make ordinary people look wonderful, and look like someone you would very much enjoy meeting. Portraiture is not about the photographer or his wonderful equipment. Portraiture is about the subject, and the message that is being received by the viewer, whether you know him or her or not. Having said all of that, does anyone care anymore....most folks today are into doing "selfies" on their cell phones, and I have to say that in most of those that I have seen, at least they are smiling....You really would enjoy a coffee with Rolly. He is a fun guy!