A New Portrait
If you come to Life Refocused very often, or have seen my photography on Flickr or Instagram, you have likely noticed that portraits (of other people than myself!) aren’t frequently the focus of my lens. This is not because I don’t enjoy photographing people. It’s more a reflection of not having people readily available in my life to photograph. Living in a new community (yes, even after 5 years, it still feels new to me) with a small handful of local friends who DO NOT like to have their photo taken makes shooting portraits a bit difficult. Additionally, I only live with one other person…and let’s just say that Tony is mostly reluctant to have me take his photograph. He sometimes plays along (for which I’m grateful), but mainly, he’d prefer I turn my lens in other directions. So, I don’t often get the opportunity to work on my portrait photography. But while we were away on vacation in Colorado (have you read about the Best. Hike. Ever.?), our friends and I were enjoying the cool breeze coming across the expansive porch after a morning of hiking, and Tony was in a completely relaxed state. He was enjoying an adult beverage, had stolen my hat to jauntily wear upon his own head, and was simply in the downtime that summer and the mountains brings. So I grabbed my camera, and hearing no complaint, captured Tony in that easy moment. This is my new favorite portrait of him.
To me, this photograph really is Tony. There is something about his expression, the way he is wearing my hat, his reclined posture enjoying summer, all of it, that says “Tony.” If you know him, I hope you see what I see and know what I mean. And after all, isn’t that what a great portrait is all about? Really seeing someone, and capturing an essential part of who they are or what their story is. That’s what this photo of Tony does for me. And that makes me happy.
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