Infrared Portraits - My Sweetheart
My sweetheart, Debra, said her grandmother loved to take photos of the back of her head and I can see why. Debra has the most wonderful hair with it's curves and turns, multiple shades with a perfect blend of mystery. In this portrait Deb was contemplating something, likely her artwork, and there is a sense of intrigue or question. As with most every image I capture I'm watching the light and feeling the shadows as I select the exact moment to tell the story. When the image is a bit more of an abstract photo there's still an important story and time and again the viewer can feel the message or emotion that I capture in that very moment. In my early years of medium format infrared film I was often startled when the viewer would express the very same thoughts I experience at the time I captured my image. At first I thought it might just be a coincidence but after too many times of the same experience I finally realized there was a real connection in time. So the next time you look at an image consider what you're feeling, and what the photographer was feeling or possibly expressing, it might be nothing, but in my images that is rarely the case. Just as a painter captures a moment with the use of light and shadow the photographer has a story to tell as well and uses many of the very same techniques, through the lens.
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