Homeland Intersections

By: Gustav Hoiland

Jan 05 2012

Category: portrait

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Focal Length:50mm
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Happy Hours on Lake

At some point it’s portraiture. At another point it’s merely an intentionally composed memory capture of something I’ll look back on. How appropriate that the conversation would reach this terrain.

Very refreshing to be reminded of the great challenge of portraiture via honest critique. Many of the portrait images of late, she said, didn’t seem to reach the person inside. The appearance is ensnared, but often it’s skin deep. And immediately noticeable, the presence or lackthereof of that more intimate connection.

And I couldn’t agree more. My focus as of late has been in volume so as to cement technical lighting abilities while applying my general compositional style to the framed captive. But reaching beyond the self-conscious person (we all are to a degree, and it’s amplified in front of a camera) to tap into the very root of their being. Half jokingly I’ll propose that this image bypasses this conundrum by getting far enough away from the person to make it impossible to discern whether or not that pivotal goal was achieved (it wasn’t) (and therefore it’s a different image altogether, less powerful I’d say).

To my final Friday in this belov’d city.

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