Yesterday on Monday the 28th I shot my second subject for the Portrait Element project part 2. Having already photographed my female subject I shot my male subject, Will. I started off with the formal portrait as I did for my last shoot, then headed outside in order to get the detail, observed and environmental shots. This shoot was done relatively quick as Will only had a limited time period that he could be around but I still got all the images I needed. I reviewed and edited the images down to a smaller set and am happy with what I took considering there was a slight rush to the whole thing.
Once these have been taken down to just four, that will be the Portrait Element Project Part 2 completed.
I would've liked to have had more time in order to conduct this shoot but unfortunately this wasn't the case. I had already been let down at the last minute by two photographic subjects on earlier occasions and Will was kind enough to step in but as I mentioned before, he only had a limited amount of time that he could participate in the shoot for.
Before, I had been looking at the work of Robert Ascroft, a photographer who mainly does portraits and works with celebrities. I love some of the portraits that he has produced and of whom he has produced them off. A lot of his portraits focus less on the smile and more on the face itself so often, his models look rather serious in the images, or any other facial expression other than a posed smile (although he still takes those too) and I think his use of backgrounds are amazing as he doesn't limit himself to studios but rather uses elaborate sets. He also places some of his celebrities in run-down settings which really contrasts with their appearances. Given more time and knowledge, I would've liked to have found setting similar to his but there just wasn't enough time. I was however able to use his use of serious expressions for formal portraits. I will definitely keep Ascroft in mind for future projects that I can plan more and hopefully won't have anybody drop-out of. He also does a lot of fashion work and it is my understanding that I will be exploring that along the course so I will revisit his work for that.