Friday, December 29, 2006

Special Assignment 5 - Environmental Portraits

All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players; they have their exits and their entrances and one man in his time plays many parts... Here are three of life’s players; in bit parts that they themselves may not consider their greatest roles, but which nevertheless, generated sufficient empathy in each of us, such that we paused to freeze a single scene for the benefit of a wider audience.

Mick - Boyd

Vendors of The Big Issue, a fortnightly current affairs and entertainment magazine, are folk who have experienced hardship, homelessness, unemployment, etc. Mick often "holds station" on the steps leading to the Cathedral of St Stephen and uses a very passive approach to selling. I wanted an image that captured him backlit with the early morning sun and located with a hint of the majesty of the church behind.

Smile in the Boutique - Nicole

This lovely lady graciously agreed to pose for my camera. Though she was a little apprehensive about being photographed, she gave me a wonderful smile and a showed a fine sense of pride in the fashion on offer in her Brisbane Arcade boutique. The mirrored wall was a bonus, creating a seemingly endless line of linen and frocks.

Man with a Camera – Martin

I thought it quite ironic, that I as a man with a camera should shoot a man with a camera. His consent to being photographed was almost unspoken and came with nary a hint of concern, after all as we both knew, to photograph or be photographed are equally important parts of the game.