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Every Portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist-"Oscar Wilde".
The Art of Retouching
Thanks to warhammer for this original portrait:
Dave is living out of bags tied to his bicycle in a park bench shelter in Pinecraft Park in Sarasota. I surprised him when I asked his permission to sit down on one of the nearby benches. As far as outdoor living arrangements, Dave has a primo spot, under a shelter and close to park restrooms. He does have to bicycle quite a way to get his breakfast, which is offered at about 6:00 A.M. by a church or civic organization catering to the needs of the homeless indigent.
During the next few minutes, I learned that he moved to Florida from Lancaster, Pennsylvania to be close to his parents, who both passed away a few years before. He told me he took photographs professionally at one time, and happily talked about some cameras he had used in his past. He told me, “I am going to retire in a couple of years, then I think I will take up photography again.”
He asked what I was photographing that day. I went out that morning to shoot birds and told him that, then I went on to list landscapes, cityscapes, and people as areas of interest for me. After a few minutes of conversation, I asked if I could photograph him. His response surprised me; “what would you do with the photos”, he asked. I told him that I would post his photo on line and perhaps, enter his image into a photo contest. He seemed incredulous, so I showed him a few street portraits I had done. In the end, he agreed and held still for a few seconds.
This photo captured Dave’s loneliness and quite a measure of his sadness as well. Dave was genuinely surprised and appreciative of the few dollars I gave him when we parted.
See the Human Family Group for more encounters and photos with former strangers at www.flickr.com/groups/thehumanfamily/pool/ - it is well worth your visit!
portrait of my niece using available light only, no flash so I had to shoot wide open.