My philosophy of portrait photography

Posted: October 9, 2014 in Ramblings of an artist

Portrait photography or portraiture is photography of a person or group of people that displays the expression, personality, and mood of the subject. Like other types of portraiture, the focus of the photograph is usually the person’s face, although the entire body and the background or context may be included.

To capture the essence of personality requires an understanding of subject being photographed. The art becomes more difficult in black and white photography as without the help of colours to show mood/feelings of a person;  one has to utilize subtle changes of light and tonal variations to present one’s vision about the subject’s personality.

I am presenting few of my black and white portraits where I tried to present my impressions about the particular persons.

My first picture has been labelled as ‘Lost‘.  He is a simple peasant. I noticed him standing clueless in an office.  Probably he felt out of sync with the modern world. I have tried to capture what I felt to be his feelings at the moment.


My second portrait is about a person who had a personal grief. He was quite but his agony and mental anguish was so obvious. His facial expressions reminded me of a verse in Bible, ‘ Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God  (Psalms 42:11)’

Following picture presents my effort to capture his anguish in ‘Look of depression’


Conditions of life do effect us. A life spent in financial problems, psychological and social pressures, deteriorating health and family issues is visible as all these are writ large on the face. My third picture would support my point in this picture titled as ‘Burden of life’


The following picture presents a different perspective. A relaxed person who belongs to upper echelon of society.  Picture named as ‘A relaxed mood’


The picture “Portrait of a lady‘ taken on one of my visit to hilly areas of Murree.I spotted her while she was keenly observing something and smiling. Her posture looked captivating. The picture depicts charm and beauty of a lady.

Portrait of a lady

This picture “Joy ride’ captures not only the innocence but also the exhaustion and sleep


The following picture was taken when I saw a dark complexion man in starched white dress. The contrast of white against black is depicted as follows


And lastly ‘Looking back‘ The title would be fully explained by looking at the picture



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