I selected this image from a number of photographs shot last weekend as part of an outdoor portrait session. While many of the portraits were formal, this was one of those spontaneous moments captured in between formalities. This is the journalistic photograph that I would otherwise hope to achieve, the candid photograph, the natural state, a moment between father and daughter.
This image, originally shot in color, takes on a sense of serenity when the color is desaturated. The subtle hints of green and brown add a layer to this image that would not exist in a traditional black and white print. We shot early in the morning near my mountain home outside of Durango, Colorado letting the young aspen trees set a backdrop against the calm waters of the distant lake.
As photographers, do you consider your environment to be one of the strongest elements when making a portrait? Perhaps taking advantage of urban landscapes, distinctive architecture, or surrounding wilderness. Often a place or setting can also speak strongly about that individual and their story as you try to relate the significance of a single image or photo essay to your viewers. On the topic of objective vs. subjective, can an objective photograph be made this way?