I took my exhibition photos to Keith’s today. He’s a fellow exhibitor at Bank Street Arts and kindly agreed to take my images up to Sheffield when he takes his. I’d not met Keith in person and when we (Karen and me) arrived he gave us tea in his garden and I took this shot.
The image is the result of a process that is almost the opposite of some of Keith’s portraits. Whereas he describes a meticulous and deliberately slow process in his Women in Landscapes series (link) this image above was captured with a Sony RX100 Mark 2 in within a few seconds of him sitting down, me whipping out the camera and shooting.
I didn’t negotiate the portrait with Keith or look at the image I’d captured. He is looking at me rather than the camera lens stationed low. The camera was set its widest aperture (F/1.8) with that as priority and spot metered for exposure and focus. But not only was the process different but the equipment also: Keith’s film camera – all 4kgs of it – sat in the corner of a room whereas my camera sat in my pocket. For these reasons I think my image is much more akin to a vernacular snap shot than a portrait. Do you?
Keith is the first OCA student I have met in person – weird when you think I have been studying with them since 2010. I should meet another, Rob (also exhibiting at Bank Street Arts), this Wednesday at the Graduation Ceremony. I am looking forward to that.