Portrait Session: Victor in Downtown Toronto
I managed to squeeze in a bit of editing this morning before class and I got obsessed with this photo from my fellow design student, Victor’s, session from a few weeks ago. As we were walking through the park, we decided we wanted to create something different – an unconventional, funky shot of him in action. He must have jumped a total of fifteen times from various logs, benches and tables in Trinity Bellwoods Park, before I finally got this shot. And when I saw it, I knew we had gotten what we wanted.
I adore the way the black and white brings out the shadows and lines in the background. I also love that the way he is jumping makes your feel uneasy – it looks like he’s going to fall flat on his face within an instant. This just reaffirms my belief that portraits don’t have to be traditional or normal straight-into-the-camera shots (though those are beautiful too!). They can be strange, quirky, abstract, unclear, puzzling, unnerving and best of all, full of energy.