Portrait Research

For this Project, for the self-portrait I was planning to shoot myself with a hard light on my face with dramatic expression on my face. For the environmental, I planned to shoot some friends and acquaintances of mine in their natural environment. Whether it be at school or a restaurant, or what have you. For the formal, I will just have my subjects be on a plain background looking away from the camera. Then for the creative I will be doing my Pastor at his place of work and shoot him with motion blur under various lights. Some sketches for some possible shots are in the contact sheet below.

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Top down or 3/4 side shot of self laying down in a bath tub filled with water and ice, shoulder up view, tired eyes open looking beyond the camera, with a calm surreal expression that contrasts the situation. The image of rebirth has been on my mind for awhile, and would make an accurate representation of how I feel about myself at this point in time. I have been removed from posting anything online about myself and this photograph is intended to be my return back to the artist i am. I have been preparing myself for about a month with cold showers at night and i hope that has been enough.

Enviromental Portrait:

Full Profile of grandparents at their residence. Grandfather (Akung) in his gardening attire. Grandmother (Ama) while she is on her walk around the background. Together with trophies in the background.

  • Potential Series of Extra Credit Series.

Formal Portrait: 

Subject seated in chair, 3/4 chest up or with the inclusion of hands in gesture, plain uncolored background, Dressed in attire of their profession.

Creative Portrait: 

A series of photographs of self displaying grief and sorrow over the loss of the family’s beloved english shepherd.


Sketches worked in abstraction help me to capture the subtle direction of the shoot; just like gesture drawings in life drawing.

Portraiture Research

I’m planning on doing my portriatures with a very dark mood. I want there to be a story behind the image, making you wonder what is happening, or what just happened to cause the scene to be how it is. My portraitures are going to have a sense of creepiness and spooky. I got this idea from all the photographers I researched.

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Self Portrait:

I want to evoke a sense of vulnerability and uneasiness in this one. I plan to be on my bed in need with my hands squished between my knees with a solemn look on my face. Because my bedsheets are blue and the light will be coming from behind me and the general color mood of my room is soft, it will be eerie and hazy looking. Colors: blue, white, dead pink



The environment portrait will depict a young woman in a botanical garden, behind huge leaves, eating a leaf or a lady bug or some sort of nature object. Most likely there will be dirt on her face and twigs in her hair. The subject of the photo will be as natural as possible to be genuine to the nature theme of the composition. It should be playful and dirty. Colors: Darker earth tones, green brown, pink


The light in this one will obscure a good portion of my subjects face as to achieve a solemn and dark look. It’ll be taken from slightly below and at a 3/4 angle with only eyes making contact so that it’s awkwardly intimidating and intense. The background will be black or a texture white wall and the subject will be in black. Colors: Black/White


This image will be a nude of an ethnic looking person, eating grapes like a roman and lounging outside. The environment will be set so that it looks tropical and if possible, the subject must be fanned with huge banana leaves or make shift banana leaves. Colors will be very saturated, red, greens, orange, fuschia.

Portrait Research

I found it really neat how the photographer Emilio Jimenez used the shade or silhouette created by the plants and how they sit so well on the human figure. I would like to explore what else can be done with shades from objects for my creative portraits.

I love the dramatic/cinematic lighting on the photos by Desiree Dolron for simple portraits. I would like to find out how that can be achieved without all the studio equipment.

I found Anthony Kurtz’s work very informative because of his ability to show enough of the surroundings of the subject to tell their story. I would like to focus on that for my environmental portraits.

Vivian Maier’s self portraits were almost comical to me because people today take selfies the same way and its interesting to see that it’s something that has been made easier with technology but almost everyone who has held a camera is guilty of taking that selfie of themselves. I plan to use either a timer or the help from someone to avoid taking the picture myslef.