P’or’trait : what a weird name isn’t it ? Yeah you’re absolutely right. It’s weird, it’s complex, therefore it might not mean anything to you but to me it means a lot and here’s why.
within P or Trait for a portrait, i’m setting a starting point to a series of facials. when shooting portraits, there are two constant and essential elements.
- first of all the personality of the person
- second are his traits, facial traits, or key features.
Traits or Personality ?
so P(ersonality) OR Traits ? well I firmly believe that both are essential and nothing should be forgotten for a simple but impactful portrait.
During a very minimal group, intimate team of 8 photographers workshop with Frank Boutonnet in Biarritz, we were discussing our role as photographers.
I have been working on portraits (P’or’Trait) in a specific way for a few years.
My objective for this series was something deeper, darker, more human, with minimal retouching. However I still wanted to bring out the pureness of those I was photographing.
Therefore,During a workshop I was giving in Geneva for PROFOTO, i went through various lighting setups for corporate work, groups, portraits. Those setups went from 1 to 3 light setups, and simplicity is key to making something very genuine.
For those interested, I used a DEEP XL White umbrella without diffusion in a Profoto B10 for this setup, placed as a shower above the participants.
Total time for each P’OR’TRAIT was a max of 5 minutes, and each participant was shot to deliver something effective, fast, and impactful.
showing them we could get to relate to those we shoot, get to feel who they are, and learn from them, be empathic and go for P’OR’TRAIT !
Light & darkness
Life is made of decisions, choices, and focus. Whatever the path you choose to go through, you will encounter light and shadows, such is the definition of contrast. Mankind goes through both, unable to live without each side of the coin.
Light allows for darkness, and darkness allows for light to exist, one can’t live without the other, which makes me think we should always embrace our darkness.
The essence of portraiture is to capture a part of the soul of each person, and whilst many were still quite reserved, they all felt a connection between the portrait and their personality traits when curated and discussed, showing their true soul to the camera.
I take my projects everywhere, through everyone, and use my camera to speak my truth to the world, and this series is a deep part of my truth !
Considering a series of corporate visuals
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