Alright so this challenge was, well a little challenging. The goal was to shoot an environmental portrait which I defined as : “a picture of a person executed in the subject’s usual environment, such as in their home or workplace, and typically illuminates the subject’s life and surroundings.” Photographing a person in their natural surroundings enables a photographer to better catch a glimpse of their character or personality by surrounding them with their life, work or passion, be it table full of baked goods or their garage full of classic cars. Shutterbugs were to choose a subject and photograph them in an environment that tells the viewer something about them. While the background and foreground of the photograph is always important in every frame, in this assignment they are key to really presenting your subject to the viewer.
Only a few really got this concept, many entries didn’t show any of the environment or setting around the subject. Maybe my explanation wasn’t clear enough…but no worries, we’ll do this challenge again next year I’m certain.
Here are my “stand-outs” that will be published in the Sunday March 10th. edition of the Kitsap Sun:
“Mr. Bill” by Pam Ehrhardt
With one glance the viewer knows exactly what and “who” Mr. Bill is. While his reflection is small in the frame, it’s still the focus of the image. And admit it, when you think of any school bus driver you had as a kid, you mainly remember them as reflections in the mirror keeping an eye on things.
“Remember When…” By Faith Winters
I love the composition of the frame, with the busyness of the classroom decor and the subjects situated right in the corner of the shot. It’s a perfect shot to illustrate the daily life of a teacher or student.
“Clam Hunter” by David Kimble
From the pant legs rolled up, to the bucket and shovel in hand, to the mud flats surrounding her, the viewer knows exactly that clam hunting is about to or has taken place. I also like the little dog wandering around the background, because every frame is always better when there is a little dog somewhere in it.
“Untitled” by Elise Cheney
I like how the subject is situated right in the middle of all the work at hand. You have a tire and a glimpse of what might be part of a car frame and wires, all things that add to the scene and make one think, “oh yes he must be a mechanic of some sort.”