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I was asked by this guy to take photos of him to try to help him get over his phobia of cameras and being photographed.

In the beginning he wouldn't, couldn't look at the camera and jumped every time the shutter went. After a while he was able to look at the camera because I promised him I'd tell him exactly when I was going to press the shutter.

I gave him this book on Mario Testino to try to relax him and also so he didn't feel "naked" in front of the camera - most of the initial photos are of him reading, with his eyes closed, or looking away to the side.

He left feeling exhausted, shattered but I think quite proud of himself. He did well Smile

Camera:Nikon D200 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:18-50 f2.8
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Sam I Am
Username:jakabout jakabout
Uploaded:27 Mar 2008 - 11:29 AM
Tags:Flash / lighting, Mario testino, Portraits / people, Scared, Shy
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StephenBrighton
27 Mar 2008 - 11:31 AM

Great image

Congratulations

Stephen

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jeanie
jeanie e2 Member 105968 forum postsjeanie vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
27 Mar 2008 - 11:43 AM

Works for me Judi..

Jeanie

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digipix76
digipix76  7577 forum posts England
27 Mar 2008 - 11:44 AM

This is brilliant, love it. award on the way Smile

Ian

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DaveU
DaveU e2 Member 81339 forum postsDaveU vcard England121 Constructive Critique Points
27 Mar 2008 - 11:48 AM

Fine photography indeed. Could perhaps do with just a touch more space at the bottom of the image though?

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thetriguy
thetriguy  9 United States12 Constructive Critique Points
27 Mar 2008 - 11:54 AM

This is a superb shot. Well done.
Best, Bill

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speedprint
27 Mar 2008 - 11:57 AM

like this

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jakabout
jakabout  101741 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
27 Mar 2008 - 12:53 PM

Thanks guys Smile

Dave, I see what you mean but I quite like the empty top and the full bottom half - it says a bit about the guy's fear because he is so hunched down.

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TRUEX
TRUEX  7218 forum posts10 Constructive Critique Points
27 Mar 2008 - 1:20 PM

Genius..........................Marcus

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lonely_oryx
lonely_oryx e2 Member 661 forum postslonely_oryx vcard England54 Constructive Critique Points
27 Mar 2008 - 1:24 PM

Super capture

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proz
proz  10205 forum posts United States
27 Mar 2008 - 1:48 PM

I think this is a really good image, hope we see more

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sut68
sut68  101994 forum posts England76 Constructive Critique Points
27 Mar 2008 - 7:16 PM

I quite like the close proximity to the edges of the frame Judi, adds a feel of claustrophobia and uncomfortable-ness?? to the shot.

Paul

Last Modified By sut68 at 27 Mar 2008 - 7:16 PM

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MediumSizeUnavailable

what a strange story to go with it, but just love the photo. So little to see of him, yet so much more telling character-wise than most portraits

Last Modified By MediumSizeUnavailable at 28 Mar 2008 - 6:30 AM

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caotiquemind
28 Mar 2008 - 10:09 AM

Great! Like it a lot.

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stevieb
stevieb  102994 forum posts Panama2 Constructive Critique Points
28 Mar 2008 - 7:15 PM

Very clever Judi. Love it. Got one similar of son Dan with head down reading a map whilst wearing a goofy hat. An image that will stay wih me Smile

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fauxtography
29 Mar 2008 - 8:20 PM

Great story, and a fantastic image. One to be proud of, for the image and for helping him.

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jakabout  101741 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
29 Mar 2008 - 8:50 PM

Thanks Smile We had to stop every 5 shots or so, so he could gather himself. Then I'd say, "right, back to work" and he'd start again, terrified but would relax marginally after a couple of shots.

I hope I have helped him but I wouldn't take the credit for it - it's him that had to stand and sit there, feeling so exposed and scared. He had the courage to do it in the first place.

Maybe it's hard for people to understand this kind of phobia... it sounds trivial compared to others like agoraphobia or arachnaphobia for example, but he's always on high alert for a person with a camera, camera phone, video camera etc and he can never relax.

He told me he still didn't know what he'd do if someone took him by surprise and just papped him Wink .... said he would probably go beserk.

So Scholey... you are BAD news Wink

Last Modified By jakabout at 29 Mar 2008 - 8:50 PM

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clevercloggs
30 Mar 2008 - 2:08 AM

great portrait, even the better thanks to the back ground information.

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JuliaB
JuliaB  9109 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
30 Mar 2008 - 7:31 PM

The giant face you have given him is really smart.

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stevieb
stevieb  102994 forum posts Panama2 Constructive Critique Points
6 Apr 2008 - 10:53 AM


Quote: So Scholey... you are BAD news

He's just bad news anyways init?

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fauxtography
7 Apr 2008 - 2:00 PM

why i outta........ Wink

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ZenTog
ZenTog  127875 forum posts England1 Constructive Critique Points
13 Apr 2008 - 9:30 AM

really good image , like the giant face superimposed onto the body of the model

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SuziBlue
SuziBlue  1116195 forum posts Scotland10 Constructive Critique Points
18 Apr 2008 - 1:55 PM

Judi this is absolutely fantastic. The comp, the negative space, the gritty grainy feel of the wall. I was so interested in the story and I really respect your kindness toward him. I agree, phobias don't always get understood and most would just make light of his fears.

What I particularly like about this, given the story, is the hidden face but the implied beauty of the eyes and face of the person on the cover. I'm hidden, it seems to say, but this is who I am inside and I need you to help me find who I am.

And there's the whole conversation one can have about make up and facades and masks .. fantastic. Really impressive.

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Diana e2 Member 72011 forum postsDiana vcard Netherlands19 Constructive Critique Points
16 Sep 2008 - 12:06 PM

excellent photo-therapy

well done, great image too
Dianna

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