To start the year, , Yellowkorner would like to present a selection of artists specialising in portraits. These photographers each have their own style and approach to photographic portraits .
Through the lenses of their cameras, you will discover portraits of men and de women , in colour or in black and white.
A portrait is the representation of a person. It can be very realistic or not at all. The relationship between the photographer and his subject is an integral part of the creative process. Many practices are put into play so that the viewer can feel the emotion that emanates from the portrait.
There are several kinds of portraits, of which four are frequently used:
1. The full-length portrait photograph shows a whole person, from head to toe.
2. An “American” portrait shows the model or models from mid-thigh up.
3. A bust portrait shows a person from the middle of the bust to the head, without showing the hands. The face is therefore the focus in the frame.
4. The close-up portrait consists of framing a part of the body, most usually the face, in order to show the viewer each feature of the person.
Originally from the UK, Lee Jeffries lives in Manchester and endlessly roams big Western cities looking for the inhabitants of those streets, hoping to reveal their nobility. Previously an accountant, during the 2008 London marathon he spotted a young woman huddled in her sleeping bag close to Leicester Square. His vision of the homeless was shaken and Lee Jeffries couldn’t help but take a photograph. This tremendous encounter marked the beginning of an artistic and social undertaking: the homeless become his principal (and only) subjects. The humanist photographer explains that each image comes as a result of a long discussion. a privileged moment that establishes a connection which can be felt specifically in the subject’s gaze. “Emotion is in the eyes,” says Lee Jeffries, whose majestic black and white portraits help raise funds for the homeless and bear witness to the difficult life conditions of these isolated people, forgotten and broken by a life of suffering. ... See more See less
His bewitching ses portraits are meticulously thought out to create moments of pure utopia. Each of his shots is at once a mix of colours, textures and beauty. His wish? To attract attention to the wonders of the world, to highlight the extraordinary that exists in each ordinary life. All his collections are based on an idea designed and developed to identify the story and ambiance of each of his works, before taking the picture.
To sublimate the female body, Ruslan Bolgov uses humour in placing two glasses in front of his model’s chest and at the same time plays with geometric shapes: “I wanted to try to bring together in one photo two opposing elements, that is the very rigid aspect of a cube and the curves of a woman ’s body,” he explains. He adds an artistic touch in playing with the black and white and the background by adding a mask to cloud the issue. The resulting photographs are both erotic and intriguing.
Born in 1971 in Medina del Campo in the Northwest of Spain, photographer Miguel Vallinas has been taking photographs for more than thirty years for business, television, and advertising. He trained at the School of Photography and Cinema (EFTI) in Madrid (where he still lives today). Parallel to his commercial activity, Miguel Vallinas develops personal artistic projects that earn him expositions in Hispanic galleries but also abroad, notably for the international Affordable Art Fair. He recently presented his series “Segunda Pieles” in London then in Hong Kong. His work is widely published in specialised press like Vogue, Vanity Fair, or The Guardian. An accomplished artist, he finds inspiration in a wide variety of subjects, including contemporary architecture, urban landscapes, or portraits. ... See more See less