Sunday, April 26, 2009

Still in motion

Human has developed over millions of years a complex system between our eyes and brain. Our eyes register detail, color, texture, composition and motions that even the sophistication of our brain could not interpret in instant.
In the case of capturing a still portrait, a human, the experience of information exchange between our eyes and brain told us the human is not a still subject, but we are using a device capable of capture a freezing moment, by way of a camera, a canvas, paper.... so we always know the subject was not still, in stead, it was just a moment we captured.
This image, taken in my studio for Dasha, a Slovenian model, using Canon 1Ds III with EF 50/1.2L, is a good example. The combination of the light, the shutter speed and aperture allows me to capture this image that exhibits something we all familiar with - life is not still. But what if I simple shot Dasha in a more still moment, she is still the same person, except we will feel less dynamic, and perhaps we will see Dasha a different person.
A portrait is hardly just simply capturing an image, no, much more than that. The portrait show the person as a human, a character.

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