Portraiture always tells a story.
Self Portrait Photos and Others as sketches
Today, in photography we see, too often, that the photographer wants to get his or her ideas into a portrait – and ends up with some interesting work, but not a portrait.
Portraits tell stories. The story of a person is found in the gestures and the lines of the face. The clothes they choose to wear, and the objects which are of obvious importance to them, the portrait sitter.
All these things help to define a person in a society that demands that we make our stamp, or find our place through a form of personal expression.
It’s a photographer’s job to record these gestures and facial expressions. To find them by searching for them when meeting a portrait sitter – not to suggest what might look good, but to find out what’s best for the sitter to express themselves.