Alexander Vavra – Assignment 4 – Portrait

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In attempt to go beyond my comfort zone, I initially approached three men attending to yard work outside the contemporary art gallery. After explaining and extending my request, I was declined. Therefore, I decided to work within my comfort zone and photograph someone I knew. However, as I was taking pictures I noticed Adonis and decided to try once more and succeeded.

This assignment has been my favorite thus far, thanks to Adonis. It was great to meet a new friend, and try to capture his essence within a single photo. I believe this one does an excellent job of illustrating who Adonis is. A big reason I believe this, is because he did very little to alter his position upon my arrival – he was naturally sitting like this and it speaks to who he is. The hands clasped as if in prayer between his legs, illustrates his quiet, and gentle introverted demeanor. Adonis’ contagious smile draws the viewer to his face, presenting a great point of entry.  The light exposure did not negatively affect the portrait due to the building providing shade by blocking the setting sun’s rays.

One way this photo could be even better is if the background did not change from the concrete to the  yellow stripe and black wall. Especially since the change occurs at the top of his head. I am not sure if this is a negative but you can see the gum he was chewing. Adonis’ head is tipped back slightly, which typically is an angle avoided in portraits since having a view from an angle slightly above is considered more flattering. However, I was standing while he was sitting so maybe it cancels out. Another aspect the portrait could be improved is if I had caught his hands waving in the air due to his excitement. This would have been a more revealing portrait of Adonis, if I had.

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