"A portrait sounds like a relatively straightforward thing — a picture of someone — but across time it has proven to be a much more elusive beast. There are appropriated portraits, abstract portraits, portraits of pets, portraits of homes and desks, backpack contents, postmortem portraits, and portraits that are just piles of candy. For any rule you might devise to define a portrait, there is always a bona fide portrait that defies that rule.
At a certain point, portraiture seems to be less of a genre than a blurry constellation of suggested guidelines, or even just something you have to see to recognize. That's when it's time to stop theorizing and start looking at the work."
-Emily Leisz Carr
When I consider my own portrait work and what I bring to the creative process, the strongest attribute conveyed in my work is AUTHENTICITY.
Over the next few weeks I will begin the "AUTHENTICITY CAMPAIGN":
posting through social media, portraits of people that I have loved photographing, with a short note about the unique spirit of authenticity in each of them.
I decide to created this campaign for one plain and simple reason,
I VALUE AUTHENTICITY and I think your do too.
It is a golden moment when captured in a photograph. It is brings joy to see it in others.
Heck, I think anyone who experiences authenticity feels refreshed. It's the experience of something real that doesn't leave you guessing. It creates connection to our own sense of humanity that we feel within ourselves. It brings a deep sigh of relief to see someone else's truth. It gives us a sense of permission to be ourselves.