More than 3 years of portraits posted to celebrate the patience and photogenic skills of my beloved Soso, who just turned [beep].
This selection was shot with 50mm (6), 35 (2) and 75 (2) lenses. Another proof the dispute about which focal length is the better for portraits should have ended a long time ago.
Everything is unstaged and unprepared, except for the 6 (from top to bottom and left to right) - I’ve asked her to sit down on this chair just after she came back from her hairdresser. And for the 10: we were coming back from the restaurant I thought she was as gorgeous as the bokeh.
Avec un peu de retard, un post pour célébrer tant la patience que la photogénie de mon modèle préféré, j’ai nommé Soso, ma chère et tendre qui vient tout juste de fêter ses [bip] ans.
J’ai essayé de constituer l’échantillon le plus varié possible. Il y a beaucoup de 50mm, deux au 35, deux au 75. Comme quoi les discussions sur LA focale à portrait 75 ou 85 ou 100, c’est un peu de la blague.
Les photos sont prises pour l’essentiel à pleine ouverture, en lumière disponible, sauf une au flash.
C’est aussi peu posé que possible dans le cas de la 6 et de la 10 (de haut en bas et de gauche à droite) pour le reste, c’est sur le vif. Même si à force de se faire shooter Mme a quand même développé quelques réflexes. La keuquine.
I finally got my copy of Leica Myself, a book of selfies made by leica enthusiasts and published by 99 pages. Three of my self-portraits made it to the book and icing on the cake, I didn’t ask for it. The art director of the project, Till Schaffarczyk - a really cool guy by the way - had stumbled upon the Magnum Reflection (from top to bottom and from left to right, the 5th image with the letters “num” on it). And he wanted my authorization to publish it - the other selfies were submitted by Flickr members ton an open group and selected by people from the publisher.
I was eager to be published even if it was for free, because I had heard good things about one of their book about my fetish brand - “99 years Leica”. But I told him I had better ones, in my humble opinion. So I sent him a few links. At the end, he picked three self-portraits, but not the one which first caught his attention.
I think he did well. I love the three printed because of their complexity. One of my favourite photographers, Vivian Maier, a true genius, was an expert at shooting self-portraits which make the viewer wonder: “How did she do that? What’s the trick?” That’s what I’m trying to shoot when I see an interesting possibility - a play on transparency, a mirror oddly located and so on - for a complex reflection.
Sonia in the kitchen on Flickr.
An unposed, impromptu portrait of Sonia, june 2012. (Believe it or not she was actually cooking a mushroom risotto you would die for. I guess you just can’t beat french women :-)) #Portrait, #Black and White, #Sonia, #Strasbourg