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The Story of the Portrait; “Out of the hole”

Well, I have decided to do a feature blog post on “The Story of the Portrait”. My intent is to tell the story behind some of my favorite portraits that I have shot over the years.
I will start with this portrait titled “Out of the hole”
Out of the hole
While participating in a workshop/walking tour of Spanish Harlem, I came across this gentleman. An imposing figure no doubt. Here’s the story. I generally like to shoot very candid when shooting street photography because I believe that yields the most natural look. By that I mean “sneaky” photos where the person is not even aware they are being photographed, but in this example I actually stopped and had a conversation with him.Even though it looks like this guy is about to come out and kick the fuck out of me, turns out he was super nice and very gracious about having his picture taken even though he was busy doing chores about his house. That’s where I shot this. The “hole” as it were is actually where the doorway to his basement apartment is and he was coming out and that’s when I snapped this shot. I love the intensity on his face and the feel of action in the shot.
The shirt BTW, says “Fuck Osama”
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Time Never Reverses

Time-Never-Reverses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Portrait work with Keira Grant

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1000

Morning Stretch blog post

 

So I just posted  my one thousandth photo on flickr and I chose to make it an image of Kelsey Dylan. Kelsey has been there for so many firsts in my photographic journey that I chose her for #1000. Kelsey Dylan is the first woman I ever shot nude. It was part of a workshop that she and I attended. From there I went on to shoot in many more workshops and one day I get a message from Kelsey saying she’s going to be in town and would I like to work with her. That’s like asking me if I want to take my next breath, the answer was of course yes. I never had to set up my own shoot before and deal with the logistics as I shot in workshops and basically just showed up with my camera and shot the model. So Kelsey became the first model I ever hired privately and worked with one on one. An auspicious start to say the least and I got my feet wet and stopped working in workshops and began to hone the craft of the art nude.I hear of a workshop being taught by one of my photographic idols,Chip Willis (who it turned out is very good friends with Kelsey) and I think, I must jump at the chance to learn with him. The workshop is in Columbus Ohio and I know I GOTTA go. As luck would have it his very good friend Kelsey Dylan is going to be the model for this workshop. So now Kelsey is the first model I have photographed outside of New York.

So I’ve learned a lot, shot a lot and now I feel it may be time to move on to a “big-boy” camera and waffle back and forth between the Nikon D-600 and the D-800. I decided on the D-600 (for reasons I won’t go into here) Right around this time I get a call from Kelsey saying she’s going to be in NY and would I like to shoot with her. You already know the answer and at that point I know, I must get this camera before the shoot and break it in with her and so i did and Kelsey became the first person I photographed with my new camera. I learned a lot from Chip Willis in his workshop and one lesson was about lenses  and so for one solid year, I shot with one focal length. 50.mm. I got so comfortable with that lens that when I put the camera to my eye, well, I knew what it was going to look like before I looked through the viewfinder. One year. After that year, I felt I deserved a treat for my next lens in the lesson and being a portrait photographer my choice was the beautiful  Nikon 85mm f/1.4 G AF-S. (for the record, a magnificent piece of glass) and just before I went to go purchase this lens, I discover my friend Kelsey was headed to New York again. Well, at this point I know Kelsey is going to be the first person I shoot with this lens.

So here I am at 1000 photos for Craigmac1000 and I think it only fitting that my 1000th photo should be of Kelsey Dylan. Thank you for all your great work and your friendship Kelsey

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