Last week I played an acoustic show in Observatory, a small intimate show with a few other amazing musicians. I took my camera with me with every intention to do some triptych portraits of local musicians and I found myself too shy to ask if I could take some pictures of them. This is something I am working on because I think it is important as a photographer to be able to interact with others and make them feel at ease and comfortable, especially if it is someone you are photographing and you have never met before. hopefully next time I will have the courage to get some portraits done, but the Triptych musician portraits is definitely a concept I’m going to follow through with!
To help get over my shyness of strangers, I have taken a few impromptu portraits of various people. These are the people I call the known unknown. They are the people who you interact with on a fairly regular basis,you know little about them, but you feel some kind of connection with them, a familiarity that puts you at ease. So the following “Portraits” are of my “known unknown” who I may not know very well, but I notice and acknowledge a familiarity within them. These are by no means good portrait photographs, but this more of an attempt to improve on my shyness behind the camera and to take more portraits of complete strangers. What I have noticed is that I am not one of those photographers that are comfortable directing a scene, it’s definitely something I will work on, but I am more of an observer. I will hardly ever tell a person how to pose, I am more into capturing the true essence of a person, their unique personality. Portrait photography is definitely an art and something I am really going to try to improve on.
The ladies in these portraits are all awesome! They are Bridgette, she works at Plush Props, where they hire out and sell props of all kinds, she also sells jewellery that she makes! Gina is a chef whom I have shot with over the last couple of years; and last, but certainly not least, are the ladies at the Sentra corner shop. They are always there helping customers with smiles on their faces. Thank you ladies for being my subjects 🙂