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Defining My Style - Portrait Photography

Style is usually something that defines your work. Something that is recognisable in all of the work that you produce, that allows people to distinguish your work from everybody else. This is something that can take decades to achieve, but something that I am constantly working on.

I have recently re edited some older shoots, working on getting a cohesive feel to my images. Having recently read Annie Leibovitz’s At Work and some interviews with the great Peter Lindbergh as well as his book Shadows on the wall, I now have a different thought pattern and view for the kind of portraits I want to create. With this new way of thinking still fresh in my mind I went through a couple of older shoots, picking images that I would have usually looked over, and edited them in a way in which I feel represented the feeling I wanted to portray. Previously I had gotten a bit lost in creating images that did not necessarily have a deeper meaning or portray anything at all. Without meaning the photographs become meaningless. Snap shots of a person instead of capturing their true self. This is a lesson that I am glad I have learned as it will help me now create more powerful portraits.

I have always admired the feeling of timelessness that you get from black and white images. The lack of colour also helps to keep the focus on the subject without the distraction many colours can have. These are the the main reasons for choosing black and white for these portraits. I am not saying that colour has no place in my work, its just for the time being, black and white best portrays how I want the images to feel. I have also chosen to reduce the contrast from my usual portraits giving a softer look to the images, but at the same time keeping them dark and moody. I am a fan of the moodier look and a darker black point that slides away into a soft vignette.

More of this style of work will be coming throughout 2019 as well as some new fine art projects!

- Kalum

Update! - Sunday Morning Stroll

Hi All!

I thought i’d share some shots from a recent walk around my neighbourhood. It is easy to forget that you do not have to travel far to find beautiful shots. These were taken in a woodland not two minutes away from my house.

They are a bit different to any other work that you have seen before, however I feel it is a useful tool to switch subjects to keep perspectives and creativity fresh. I will also be working on some more fine art work, both portraits and landscapes, which will be on my site in the coming months, and they will be available as prints. So keep an eye out for those!

-Kalum

UPDATE!

Ok... I admit it, I am not good at keeping up with this blog. It is something that I will be working on with an aim to have a weekly post. I have been working on some new exciting projects and I need to share them with you! 

I have some other ideas for this blog but would really love to hear what you think. If you have any requests for blog posts, whether that is more detail about how I shoot or edit or just a behind the scenes look, I would love to hear from you so comment below. 

I am also toying with the idea of having more fashion based posts also as working in the fashion industry can be super exciting!  

- Kalum 

A shot from a recent shoot with CAT Footwear Basis boot. 

A shot from a recent shoot with CAT Footwear Basis boot.