Moody Monochrome

I love moody monochrome! It eliminates the distraction of colour and in my view adds impact to portraits.

I have been updating a lecture that I am giving to students on the excellent course run by the Bristol Photographic Society. My subject is portraiture, including studio images and this led me to review my portraiture from the last few years. The images in this blog are a mixture of studio portraits shot with carefully controlled lighting, out and about shots and some creative edits. In one case I took an image of a good mate Damien pictured with our adorable dog Dotty and put it into a derelict background. The result is over-edited but I still like it. There are also two composites set in one case in Arnos Vale Cemetery and Woodchester Mansion in the other. They feature Ilaria, Kate and Paige in Victorian dress. Two shots of photographic models show Lottie crouching in an attic; an image which suggests vulnerability while Ali is pictured in Arnos Vale (again!) and in the studio. There are portraits of Alan, a sometime rough sleeper, a cyclist coasting along a quiet street in Lecce, Southern Italy and the set is completed by an old portrait of John in the studio. In some cases I have used additional tinting.

I hope that you like these images. Please keep reading, tell others about my blog and website and please let me have your comments.

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