Wanted to post an image that illustrates the classical
"environmental portrait" but couldn't find my intended pic. So guys,
although i've posted this awhile back....but not on this blog, i'm
afraid it will have to do. So much for my "Digital Asset Management
So what then is an "Environmental
portrait", firstly i'm not sure there is a term like that but since it
sounds cool, that's enough for me.
Simply defined, it is one
that gives the viewer a feeling or insight of the subjects surrounding,
a more personal appoach to the subjects day to day routine... etc, etc. A really valuable resource, for those who are interested is a book called " Photojournalism. the professional' approach" by Kenneth Kobre.
Now about the shot above, it was taken afew years back, a trip to
Nigeria, with a ordinary point and shoot camera, The man in the picture
is called Sule, and I have known him for yonks! In the evening he
normally sells a few items on a makeshift stall outside my house. This
picture, caught him in his elements :D
On to the processing:
A very simply technique, but effective never-the-less. I desaturate my
image of colour and using the curve tool and taking each channel i
proceed to convert the image into a sepia one. I hate using filters,
why? because everybody uses them and a more personal approach, that
produces varied effects, is to manually do the same thing using the
wonderful curve tool in photoshop.
above picture was taken in my first year behind a camera, I love this
shot, infact i've got a A3 print of it....Sule has one too:-). It, to
me is a timeless piece, but with my current camera kit, it's a shot
that I will be taking again, God willing, when next I go to Nigeria.
Sule is still there at the same spot that he's been for over 15yrs
now...Just the thought, gets me on a creative high..."Skee-topia"
"In full colour"
"No greater smil...