What is it about portraiture that “moves me”?

 

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Just thinking today that I love portraiture more than any other subject in photography. There is just something magical about the photo that captures a part of the soul. Of all the photos I’ve shot over my career as a commercial photographer, portraits are my favorite and this is one of my all time favorites because it is a hyper-real glimpse into the soul of a man and it has made a great impact on a lot of people. This is the first and only time many people have looked into the eyes of a homeless man (a man without a home). I spent several days with this dude and would voluntarily spend more time with him than most people I know. Three days and multiple visits with him changed the way I view people as a whole… People are people first and their circumstances, second. (Thanks Tree Smith and Jimmy Turner for that!)

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