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Sam I Am

By jakabout  
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

Tags: Scared Mario testino Shy Portraits and people Flash and lighting

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27 Mar 2008 11:31AM
Great image



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jeanie Plus
13 6.0k 6 United Kingdom
27 Mar 2008 11:43AM
Works for me Judi..

digipix76 10 577 England
27 Mar 2008 11:44AM
This is brilliant, love it. award on the way Smile

DaveU Plus
11 1.4k 125 England
27 Mar 2008 11:48AM
Fine photography indeed. Could perhaps do with just a touch more space at the bottom of the image though?
thetriguy 13 23 12 United States
27 Mar 2008 11:54AM
This is a superb shot. Well done.
Best, Bill
speedprint 9 18 United Kingdom
27 Mar 2008 11:57AM
like this
jakabout 13 1.7k 1 United Kingdom
27 Mar 2008 12:53PM
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.
TRUEX 10 218 10
27 Mar 2008 1:20PM
lonely_oryx 10 61 55 England
27 Mar 2008 1:24PM
Super capture
proz 13 205 United States
27 Mar 2008 1:48PM
I think this is a really good image, hope we see more
sut68 14 2.0k 76 England
27 Mar 2008 7:16PM
I quite like the close proximity to the edges of the frame Judi, adds a feel of claustrophobia and uncomfortable-ness?? to the shot.

28 Mar 2008 6:25AM
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
28 Mar 2008 10:09AM
Great! Like it a lot.
stevieb 13 3.0k 2 Panama
28 Mar 2008 7:15PM
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
fauxtography 12 6.6k 36
29 Mar 2008 8:20PM
Great story, and a fantastic image. One to be proud of, for the image and for helping him.
jakabout 13 1.7k 1 United Kingdom
29 Mar 2008 8:50PM
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
clevercloggs 13 237 2 United Arab Emirates
30 Mar 2008 2:08AM
great portrait, even the better thanks to the back ground information.
JuliaB 12 110 2 United Kingdom
30 Mar 2008 7:31PM
The giant face you have given him is really smart.
stevieb 13 3.0k 2 Panama
6 Apr 2008 10:53AM

Quote:So Scholey... you are BAD news

He's just bad news anyways init?
fauxtography 12 6.6k 36
7 Apr 2008 2:00PM
why i outta........ Wink
ZenTog 15 7.9k 1 England
13 Apr 2008 9:30AM
really good image , like the giant face superimposed onto the body of the model
SuziBlue 15 16.2k 10 Scotland
18 Apr 2008 1:55PM
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.
Diana 11 2.0k 19 Netherlands
16 Sep 2008 12:06PM
excellent photo-therapy

well done, great image too

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