Monday, January 30, 2012

Photo of the day: Her father

Her father by The Bacher Family
Her father, a photo by The Bacher Family on Flickr.

This Christmas, we attended a party at the home of a friend. I took this picture of her father as he watched the festivities. I've always been fascinated by the faces of those old enough to have their lives written on their skin -- not just in the deepening lines, but in the carriage of their brow, the balance of their body, the light behind their eyes. I chose to emphasize those things in this portrait by boosting the contrast in the conversion to black and white, which added drama to what otherwise was fairly uninteresting lighting in the color version. There's a darkness to the image, now, that surrounds the seamed face and unruly hair, and the direct gaze into the lens of the camera adds to the sense of glimpsing something intensely personal in an unguarded moment. What that something might be is up to the viewer to interpret.

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