Mista Skee

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Trust that little voice in your head that says 'Wouldn't it be interesting if...." And then do it. This....I like! Portraiture is something that you either find easy or you don't. There are things that you can learn to make the whole process less painful and there are ways of shooting that eliminate risk (and creativity) if you really find that saying something about your subject isn't what you were cut out to do with your camera. My advice is to talk to your subject, look around the room or the garden for something that they relate to and shoot a lot of frames. -Neil Turner I love this shot for what it is, an intense portrait. Yes we can take lovely pics of cute models with lovely smiles but to me they are mere eye candy, with little or no substance.

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Trust that little voice in your head that says 'Wouldn't it be interesting if...." And then do it. This....I like! Portraiture is something that you either find easy or you don't. There are things that you can learn to make the whole process less painful and there are ways of shooting that eliminate risk (and creativity) if you really find that saying something about your subject isn't what you were cut out to do with your camera. My advice is to talk to your subject, look around the room or the garden for something that they relate to and shoot a lot of frames. -Neil Turner I love this shot for what it is, an intense portrait. Yes we can take lovely pics of cute models with lovely smiles but to me they are mere eye candy, with little or no substance.

comments (18)

  • ChaCha
  • United States
  • 26 Sep 2007, 00:23
AWESOME...my kind of shot!
i love this. and you know the exact definition of a portrait...cos this shot tells a lot about the dude.

i'm not huge on having one pose for the camera for a portrait.

nice one!
  • Martin
  • United States
  • 26 Sep 2007, 00:43
This does a great job of capturing this unique character.
  • sara
  • earth
  • 26 Sep 2007, 00:55
there is more to this man obviously than the every day story - told through his clothing, stance and attitude and i think you've expressed that well. your photo is art, with a creative border. i agree with your statement too. substance is not always lovely, but he still is. ~S.
Nice Shot Skee, real nice.
  • jason
  • United States
  • 26 Sep 2007, 05:04
this photo is very striking...i would very much like to take photos of people like this, but i am too reserved.
very nice capture!!
  • E Etomi
  • Sweden
  • 26 Sep 2007, 05:46
I like Skee
  • sk
  • United Kingdom
  • 26 Sep 2007, 06:00
Skee Skee Skee, well done mate, awesome shot
I am one who finds this kind of shot too difficult. He must have seen you shoot, but he doesn't seem to care much. Great expressive capture.
  • shakara
  • Nigeria
  • 26 Sep 2007, 07:50
Mr Skee hitting the right notes.. Nice !!!
Lovely shot Skee
  • adaoha
  • 26 Sep 2007, 08:11
Speechless. (reminds me of the era when people like us were fighting to be free). Timeless.
Awesome
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 26 Sep 2007, 13:39
I totally agree with your part of the text in particular, Skee. You definitely have found "substance" here. Well done.
  • chunter
  • over the hill
  • 26 Sep 2007, 13:49
Apart from his nose ring and the PIR light on the wall, this could be from another decade, say the twenties or thirties.

I've always admired photographers from those early years; they always composed well and always told something about the subject. Perhaps it was because of the time and effort it took to create them.
I like this one very very muc !!
  • folake
  • United Kingdom
  • 28 Sep 2007, 11:06
when i grow up i want to be able to take shots just like this :o)

Thanks for the support!
  • David
  • Nigeria
  • 30 Sep 2007, 02:38
I'd have liked to see either his face in focus or for a more interesting shot his hand or the cigarette and flame in focus and everything else out of focus.

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