The depth of a Portrait
Her eyes lit up with wonder, like a child reunited with a long lost favorite toy, her expression was overwhelming, you should’ve seen her face. I mean all I did was press the shutter, so I was puzzled as to why she kept thanking me. “You mean I look this beautiful,” she said with tears in her eyes. At that point history made sense to me, I could see why the elite in ancient days sought to have portraits painted of themselves, why nobles had bust cast and why royals would commission the best artist to paint royal family portraits.
Portraits go beyond a mediums representation of a person’s physical appearance, be it a painting, a photograph or sculpture. It isn’t just about creating a pleasant aesthetic or making a pretty thing. Portraits carry heart, they tell of a legacy and symbolize significance. For this reason, as I improve my skills and grow, I’m honored that I get to use my photography to create work that’ll not only outlive me but preserve many legacies.