Sometimes starring away from the camera is a way of opening up a gorgeous shot. Settling into the picture and setting the mood for a great shot. The non-posed, non-poised work that I love is when the point of focus is natural because things just fit so well together. It leaves the viewer open to ponder just what it could be that has the subject’s mind so out of focus. This leaves room for discussion and assumption which transports the viewer into the moment of a picture all the more. How can we know what’s on her mind in that moment?
This image was shot while the subject was in transition from pose to pose, it was just before the down time of moving from in-studio to outdoors. As I stare into it I also wonder just what it was that she was thinking about. The key thing is the natural feel of the image, it’s not posed or scripted. It was shot simply after the set was completed but is one of my favorites in the collection.
Part of its mystique is the angelic nature of the mood. There’s no smiles, no forced connection to the camera or audience. There’s an organic flow to it with a hint of ‘home’ like feel to it similar to the way most of us feel once we’ve arrived home after a long day. It’s soothing and the biggest joy of that is when we know no one’s looking so our guard is down and the complexity of going from ‘heals on, to the hair being let down’ is simply in changing clothes. This is the bigger picture of our the day. It’s simply the moment when we transition from mood to mood. It’s completely relaxing!
That’s my take on it, what’s yours?