an intangible element
luck and patience
the graphic elements, framing, lines and light
what is said about the image maker
what is said about the subject
images that make a statement
vulnerability and awkwardness
a feeling and reaction
an insight into an inner universe
an element of surprise
insightful and engaging
a meaningful connection
an emotional exchange
tension in the moment
infused with believability
a raw and honest exchange
the capturing of a state of grace
something that rarely happens
an unanswerable question
these were some of the thoughts (of photographers, bloggers, curators, editors and gallerists) shared on conscientious.
the article has me thinking (a lot) about the portraits i’ve taken. what i love. what i don’t love. what i’ve been doing. what i haven’t been doing. where i hope to go. it also has me thinking about how much growing i have yet to do. i try and remind myself often that it’s only been six years and i still have so much to learn, expand upon and explore. and patience…i must simply have patience. and continue to study and work hard.
so, what do YOU think makes a great portrait?
i hope you’ll not only take the time to read the article, but also sit with your own work and thoughts for a while.