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By saltireblue    
My very good friend Stephen. Taken in my new home studio.
Two D-Lites.

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,


Tags: Portrait Stephen B and w Home studio Portraits and people Handsome guy

Voters: mrswoolybill, ali63, franken and 31 more

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mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2013 9:27PM
Leave it with b&w, I'm not sure that I want to see colour. This is him.
Well that makes sense to me...

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franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2013 9:32PM
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 Wink
widtink 5 406 2 Scotland
2 Aug 2013 10:07PM
Fantastic portrait B/W is perfect for this SmileSmile

woolybill1 Plus
11 23 72 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2013 10:11PM
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.
ColleenA Plus
5 367 6 Australia
2 Aug 2013 10:13PM
A superb mono portrait, love the lighting
senn Plus
7 5 1 Belgium
2 Aug 2013 10:16PM
powerful LKL portrait
Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
2 Aug 2013 10:38PM
Wot Bill said Grin

cats_123 Plus
14 4.8k 28 Northern Ireland
2 Aug 2013 10:39PM
excellent Grin
LynneJoyce Plus
10 20 99 United Kingdom
3 Aug 2013 7:50AM
Ah, so I'm superficial for liking colour! Nice to know.Grin

Seriously, I love this mono treatment. It works so well with the lighting set up and creates a very engaging image.
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
3 Aug 2013 7:59AM
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.

SUE118 Plus
10 8 1 United Kingdom
3 Aug 2013 8:48AM
A brilliant capture and excellent in B & W.
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
3 Aug 2013 2:27PM
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 !!)
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
3 Aug 2013 2:56PM
Trying to imagine him in colour, but don't think it will be as good as this mono! Wink A very fien portrait, Malc Smile
Trev Smile
jasonrwl Plus
8 1.1k 10 United Kingdom
3 Aug 2013 8:12PM
Home studio eh! Impressive. I know nothing about studios, lights and partraits but it looks pretty good to me.
JuBarney 7 26 3 United Kingdom
3 Aug 2013 9:12PM
A fine portrait and a gorgeous man!!
Great graphic image, sooner warts than phoney shop any day.
helenlinda Plus
11 360 22 United Kingdom
3 Aug 2013 9:47PM
Terrific image SmileSmile
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
4 Aug 2013 7:31PM
An excellent high key portrait Malc, it wouldn't work in colour as others have already stated

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