The lens restriction that we had previously were removed and we were given the freehand to fully express ourselves in this portraiture assignment, which also meant i could finally work with colors. The challenges then is about the approach in getting up-close and personal with a person you barely know. You will need to take control of the situation, giving your subject the artistic direction and hopefully you get a shot that truly reflect his/her personality. To sum it up, this assignment will definitely put your technical knowledge and interpersonal skill to test.
Together with 2 other photographers, Valentina & Diogo, we decided to head out to the street of London looking for people with distinct features and personalities. It requires a great deal of confident to approach a stranger and asking for 20 mins of their time to do a portrait. In such freezing weather, i was expecting lots of rejection but surprisingly, the 3 persons that i've approached were kind enough to say yes. I had a great time shooting these lovely individuals with different personality and background. It's amazing how someone who you barely know could so warmly welcome you into the 20 mins of their lives. These are the images selected for the critique session and i am so glad that i have made the right decision this time round.
Meet Rezza, an extremely talented street dancer, from Ghana. You can check out his performances along South Bank.
Robin, a fellow photography enthusiast who owns a beautiful Leica M6.
Glenn, a really warm and charismatic gentlemen from London that i couldn't give a miss.
(Photographs taken with Canon 5D Mk2)
One of the many good things about doing an assignment with a fellow photographer is that you could also have your picture taken while you are hard at work. :)
(Photograph taken by Brazilian Photojournalist, Diogo)
With a bit of time on hand, 3 of us decided to visit the National Portrait Gallery to look for "inspiration". And look what the lovely, Valentina, got for both of us.
(Photograph taken with iPhone 4S)
There are so much we could learn from each other while working in a group, and most importantly, the companies really make this whole assignment so much more enjoyable. :) I will definitely be looking forward to more of such session. :)
Up next, Environmental Portraiture. Do stay tune for more!!