Saturday, 31 December 2011
End of Year Portrait
Sometimes I wonder if the success or failure of a photographic portrait depends entirely in the equipment used or if it is rather the result of the combined use of camera, talent and a good set-up. And of course, the subject.
All this questions come to mind while looking at the present image, taken a few weeks ago by a seventeen year-old student of mine, Josh Goldsmith.
Josh had not seen a medium-format camera in the flesh until given the portrait assignment that led him to this portrait of his teacher.
Many a question may arise from this simple exercise and we can speculate endlessly about the function of lenses, film, subject and lighting and it is possible that we will end up stuck in a dead-end argument.
This is a great portrait taken by a young photographer in the process of discovery. That much we can say.