Portrait Photography and the Subtle moment of Truth

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Photo by Imani Clovis on Unsplash

“In photography there is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality.”
— Alfred Stieglitz

Telling Moments and Beautiful Gestures

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Photo by Spencer Dahl on Unsplash

Alfred Stieglitz’s idea that a photograph gives us something that is more than reality is a truth, as far as we can agree.

It’s not about the Machine

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Photo by Sergiu Nista on Unsplash

Taking a photograph and assuming that the machine will give you an image, an impression of a portraited person, is a foolish thought.

Photo of Sean Patrick Durham, Berlin 2018.
Photo of Sean Patrick Durham, Berlin 2018.
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Photo by Christopher Campbell on Unsplash

Look for the Clues, not the Psychology

Photographers are by nature empathetic people.

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Photo by Quinn Buffing on Unsplash

To capture the art of it, the portrait that is a moment of reality normally not seen, is the whole point of a portrait. It is the practice of creating a closeness between two strangers, between lovers, an investigation into the personality of a famous celebrity or even a knowledgeable portrait of your cat.

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Photo by Sean P. Durham, Berlin, 2019

Photographing Cats

“Taking an image, freezing a moment, reveals how rich reality truly is.”
— Anonymous

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Photo by Nicola Fioravanti on Unsplash

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