50 Portraits – Portrait #8


This is my cousin.  We used to fight a lot when we were kids but I wish I was not rude to him on some occasions.  I’m sure I was just being a silly kid.  Even today some times the way I react to some things makes me wonder if I’m still one.  For example, if someone in my friend group gets an alcoholic drink in a gathering or party, I will not say this to the friend as I respect the friend’s choice but slowly it starts to get on my nerves.  I don’t know what is it about drinking and smoking that makes me hate it so  much. It doesn’t matter how ‘sober’ the person stays or ‘decent’ the environment is.  I start choking the longer I have to stay at such place.   I guess I start to feel the odd one out. For some drinking and smoking is being cool. Call me old Mr. Nofun.  Apart from being a photo project this is also turning out to be a reveal all project with the kinds of emotional outbursts in some of them.

Back to this week’s portrait.  Today though my cousin has achieved a lot on his own and is a proud son despite a great deal of financial struggles.

The most difficult part of this portrait wasn’t the technical part.  Do you see a theme here?  I keep saying this after every shoot now.  The difficult part was him standing like a statue holding his breath.  No matter what I said he just wouldn’t relax.  Every time I put my camera down he’d start breathing again.  So I asked him to shake his arms like he’s shrugging, made him do a little neck exercise to relax his body a little bit.  Folded hands stance to give him a little more comfort and confidence in his stance so he won’t feel awkward standing in front of the camera. Folded arms can infuse a little confidence and that’s what it did here with that little smirk on his face.

Camera (Canon 1100d) settings f4.5, 1/125, ISO 100 with probably 1/8 power on flash in a softbox camera left.


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