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.