- Internationally-acclaimed Portrait Photographer Reveals How She Picked Light Awards Winner
Michele Aboud is best known for her striking portraiture depicting simplicity with aesthetic strength. Starting her career in editorial and advertising photography, she knows the value of sticking to the brief.
Recently she set a portrait photography brief as part of the Light Awards LIVE event in Brisbane. Her challenge to the fifty-or-so photographers in her ‘Portraits That Tell a Story’ masterclass was:
Tell me the story of a person in one image. Consider composition, lighting, their environment, and any other elements that can help tell their story. I’m looking for good technique, but let your own personal style shine. Think about how you will move me by showing me the essence of your subject.
The winner of this brief — who Michele chose — was Michelle McLachlan-Wallace with this image:
Image by Michelle McLachlan-Wallace
Special consideration went into choosing the winner, who now goes on to the state finals. We asked Michele to share a little bit about her judging process and why this image was a standout. Here’s what she said.
“When I came across this image, it looked complete. It has a lot of spiralling into the subject, and their activity. I feel like the photographer has vignetted around the edges so we’re able to find the central focus, which is around the middle of the composition.
The colour hue is very monochromatic and gentle. At the same time the light is very gently sweeping across the subjects.
It looks a little deconstructed in its environment but at the same time there’s a great deal of consideration.
Within the brief, this image tells a story and is a fine portrait. I feel like I’ve wandered into someone’s bedroom, and seen the comfort the couple have with each other — including the dog on the bed. It reminds me of an inner city house, and it feels very painted.
It’s a contemporary rendition of something that has a traditional appeal to it.
There’s completeness about it, and an intriguing element.
The only tweak I would’ve made — if it were my image — is to the lighting from the window. The window could have been closed a tad to make the image a little bit finer. However everything else considered, it’s a beautiful image.”
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