Black and white
Portrait of my father
So last week I was commissioned to shoot a portrait for the legendary folk singer Ralph McTell. I was asked for a classic black and white portrait to use as an album cover. At 75 Ralph looks incredible but my brief was to capture the spirit and life experiences through every line, crease and wrinkle on his face. A brutally honest portrait.
I decided to shoot on the Fuji GFX digital medium format camera, which was kindly lent to me by Paul Bence, thanks Paul, and not wanting to appear stupid on a new system I decided to do a test shoot the night before with my 81yr father. As I was setting up the lights I realised I’d never done this before, I’d never sat my father down to shoot his portrait. I love this portrait and elated to have it. I urge all you photographers to capture the ones you love and sure enough that photograph will be priceless to you one day.
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