I do simple well. No, scratch that. With a bit more confidence (as I have been reminding myself to do more lately) — I do simple beautifully.
I have come to accept and love the stark simplicity of my portraits. No longer do I think of them as bare and seemingly unfinished. They are now clean and uncluttered.
This is what Faces is all about. It is (going to be) a collection of portraits that feature the beauty and character of the human face. These are lit to create a low-key painterly look as inspired by my favorite portraitist, Dan Winters.
I use three lights (each playing a different role in the frame) and had a custom background painted (by a friend and talented artist) just for this project. However, I make sure that these do not take away from the subject of the portrait.
Is the process simple? No, it is anything but. Because just like in writing, it takes far more thought and work to create something that is easily read.