a newspaper man adjusts his pen

Monday, March 15, 2010

Ageless beauty

A photographer over at Flicker had something interesting to say the other day about this old portrait of an unknown young woman on my photostream, offering this statement:

"Too bad that most contemporary portrait photographers aren't up to this level," he commented.

He made a valid point when considering all the tacky, over-staged, poorly-lit and ridiculously-expensive photographs that are mailed out every high school graduation season.

The photographer who staged the photo, above, shunned fancy backdrops and silly props to capture this portrait that I found in an old family album. Instead, he brilliantly used lighting that captured the entire grayscale, drawing the eye straight to her face and beautiful smile and eyes.