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    Jean had the table next to a friend of mine at a market in the city last weekend. I had taken a couple of snaps of the market and we got chatting about photography. We eventually got onto the subject of portraits and she explained that she hated having her picture taken and that the photos never looked like her. I told her about my ongoing portraits of strangers project and I asked her to pose for a couple of shots so I could see if she liked them. She posed, I emailed.........I never heard back.

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    1. Aware of the Void 34 months ago | reply

      well Nick I lived to tell the tale.

    2. Aware of the Void 34 months ago | reply

      I think so Brain but I am never sure.

    3. Aware of the Void 34 months ago | reply

      Thanks George, I think I learn a little each time I try and do something like this. Thanks for the feedback.

    4. Aware of the Void 34 months ago | reply

      Thanks Jay, i am always pleased when you like a portrait because yours are so special.

    5. Lon Fong Photography-off more than on these days.. 34 months ago | reply

      Well, she is a natural beauty and you've done a great job on this portrait! Superb work!

    6. lancekingphoto 34 months ago | reply

      I don't know why some attractive people hate having their photo taken, but you did a fine job with this shot.

    7. I ♥ Minox 34 months ago | reply

      Great shot. I don't understand it when people don't like photos of themselves. If they believe they look so bad that their picture shouldn't be seen, surely you'd think they'd lock themselves away to avoid inflicting the real thing on the world.

    8. Aware of the Void 34 months ago | reply

      It is an odd one Chris but I think some people just don't like pictures of themselves. I know a few photographers that will run away if I point a camera at them. I am not sure if this is because they have seen my work or they just hate their picture....

    9. greauxe 34 months ago | reply

      Great example of film photography! Please post this and your other beautiful film photos to Film Explosion

    10. Frau Inga 34 months ago | reply

      What a shame she never responded. It's such a pretty portrait!

    11. sandersnyc 34 months ago | reply

      @ : Of course it looks like her -- at least
      the "her" she presented that day.

      A portrait's success does not turn on the subject's
      appreciation of it. I find her a bit guarded, but that
      is appropriate in the circumstances. I like it.

      EDIT: Your tags tie the photo to Bloomsday. Did
      you imagine a bit of Nora Barnacle in your subject? :-)

    12. Aware of the Void 34 months ago | reply

      Hi Sanders, I would agree that she looks a little guarded in this one, there was a couple more from the series where she was more relaxed but I think this fitted the moment better.
      There was a bit Bloomsday celebration in the city that day and the tags just drifted into this shot.

    13. marylea 33 months ago | reply

      Neat idea. I love talking to strangers at intervals. And other times, reserve my silence and isolation for personal space. I like B&W for the subject here, especially since she shared her reserve about being photographed.

    14. Carlos Olvera 28 months ago | reply

      Great shot! Nice tones. Beautiful young lady.

    15. MrDAT 22 months ago | reply

      What flashes and where were they placed? Any modifiers?

    16. Aware of the Void 22 months ago | reply

      Hi, no flashes just natural daylight. It was a grey overcast sort of a day which I think helped with the softness of the light.

    17. MrDAT 22 months ago | reply

      Oh. I ask because this photo is in the Strobist On Film group. Thanks.

    18. Aware of the Void 22 months ago | reply

      gone now so we can all sleep better tonight :)

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