The Strange Portrait

By: Gustav Hoiland

Jan 20 2012

Category: self portrait

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


A morning of class, a cancelled lunch date, and a panel discussion of venture capitalists and management consultants speaking to an audience of PhD Biology students at MIT and yours truly. And a homeland friend in town, literally just blocks away on point of contact. Sure is different than the 9-5.

Despite trying to pull together a portfolio of professional-ish portraits (strong images that convey professionalism perhaps, largely through commercial lighting aesthetics), I find myself attracted to the strange. The self portraits, shot primarily to practice lighting, that don’t look anything like me. Where the known gus is completely absent, replaced by some other life force.

And heck, why not pull it into the ‘shop and play around a bit. Admittedly not polished in any sense here, nearly entirely unrevised, just stream of consciousness editing. It could be way better I’m sure, but for now it’s nothing but experimentation. In lighting, in editing. Not much experimenting going on in this writing though.

Boston Fridays.

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