Environmental Portraits

     Environmental portraits are so much fun.  Catching an individual in an interesting space, usually full of gadgets and lots of STUFF, is one of my favorite things to do.  Sometimes I get to do some placement (stand here, please) and give a little direction, and sometimes you are just capturing a moment in the world that they occupy.  The next time you shoot a portrait of someone, try including the entire surroundings.  The space AROUND a person can often help define the story that you want to tell or the moment that you are trying to capture…

Kenny Clark opened his barber shop in 1965...

Kenny Clark opened his barber shop in 1965.  He has been in that space ever since.  It looks exactly the way that it did when he cut my hair in the 1970’s…minus the flat screen TV to the left that I didn’t include in the picture!

These fishermen spend their free time fishing off a fifty foot cliff on the south end of Portugal.  I'm not sure how many cigarettes a day the elder man smokes...

These men spend their free time fishing off of a fifty foot cliff on the south end of Portugal. I’m not sure how many cigarettes a day the elder man smokes…

Pete Felten has been carving statues of limestone for decades, and his work is a prominent part of the Kansas State Capitol Building...Pete Felten has been carving statues from limestone for decades, and his work is a prominent part of the Kansas State Capitol Building, among other things. He is a legend in Kansas, creating work that is both iconic and everlasting…

Brian is famous for playing "The Spoon-Killer", and is also the most frightening Norman Bates that Universal Studios has ever seen.  He's also one of the nicest people that you will ever meet.

 

Brian is famous for playing “The Spoon-Killer”, and is also the most frightening Norman Bates that Universal Studios has ever seen. He’s also one of the nicest people that you will ever meet.

Check out more environmental portraits here:

http://jcharlessmithphoto.photoshelter.com/gallery/Environmental-Portraits/G0000A3hwsJpV7_Y

See you out there!

James

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