I love creating ethereal and conceptual portraits. I also love creating digital art portraits. But there is something in the simplicity and honesty of a simple portrait that captures the essence of someone. It's one of the hardest portraits to create because it is not contrived, it is not acted or modeled, and it is not posed. When a camera is aimed in someone's direction, they automatically change their persona (or freeze up). It is a challenge to capture someone in an unguarded and genuine moment that offers a glimpse of who they really are.
So, along with my conceptual and fine art portraits, and along with my client portraits, I have set a goal for myself to try creating authentic portraits of those who inspire me.
First up is my friend Michael.
This image that Michael created of a frozen Lake Michigan at night is one of my favorites.
He has always encouraged me to create, especially for myself, and to not lose sight of the reason I started photography. For that, I am forever grateful to him.
Michael is also the friend who gave me my second Pentax K1000 (film camera). So in a fun twist, I photographed him with that very same camera.