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My very good friend Stephen. Taken in my new home studio.
I'll post the original colour version later, but wanted to lead with this one, which is my favourite, even though it shows warts and all.
Many thanks for the recent interest, I do appreciate it all.
Thanks for bothering,
Leave it with b&w, I'm not sure that I want to see colour. This is him.
Well that makes sense to me...
It works well in b&w Malc and I agree with Moira re leaving it that way.
Good studio work.. Like the processing.. Eye catching
Fantastic portrait B/W is perfect for this
Agree entirely about leaving out the colour version. My gripe with colour is that it is, in so many instances, superficial; mono, perfect for architectural studies, forces us to view other subjects dispassionately, to get our backsides off the sofa and put some effort into understanding. Visual art, like music, should be a two-way process; the viewer/listener needs to expend some effort to match that of the creative artist.
I find this an excellent monochrome study/character study. The extreme contrast (soot and chalk?) complements the direct gaze; delineation of line and character are perfect for those who know how to view.
A superb mono portrait, love the lighting
powerful LKL portrait
Wot Bill said
Ah, so I'm superficial for liking colour! Nice to know.
Seriously, I love this mono treatment. It works so well with the lighting set up and creates a very engaging image.
I wanted to write more last night but needed time to reflect. There's a lot of mention of the need for 'direct eye contact'. Well sometimes it's needed, sometimes not, but it tends to simply mean look at the camera. This one is about contact as communication, dialogue. Two sides meeting as equals, with respect and curiosity.
Re the debate above - colour is so seductive, but like beauty it's skin-deep. B&W is about what lies underneath it.
The eyes are superb Malc, straight gaze and no looking away. "The windows to the soul" they say.
A brilliant capture and excellent in B & W.
Very nice shot of Stephen,Malc,
but with your new home studio,
I will expect to see some shots
of a Stephanie too !!
(And actually I am not fussy if she is called Stephanie.
Whatever the models name is,will be OK !!)
Trying to imagine him in colour, but don't think it will be as good as this mono! A very fien portrait, Malc
Home studio eh! Impressive. I know nothing about studios, lights and partraits but it looks pretty good to me.
A fine portrait and a gorgeous man!!
Great graphic image, sooner warts than phoney shop any day.
An excellent high key portrait Malc, it wouldn't work in colour as others have already stated
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