This photo is of Karen, my wife and partner of these past 32 years, taken at Ramsgate beach today.
There is an awful lot written into photographic portraiture. This image is posed and deadpan, but also casual and unplanned and doesn’t, if I am honest, capture the essence of Karen. To do that I would need to photograph her doing something, rather than just standing, looking at the lens. But for all of that I like the image because it offers a direct relationship between Karen and the lens and my low angle of shot and setting at the seaside puts me in mind of Rineke Dijkstra’s beach portraits (link) save for the little distortion because Karen is leaning forward.