“quiet portrait”. Soft light, simple background, traditional clothing and hair – all of that simplicity works to reinforce the main point of the photo – the eyes. They really draw you in and hold your attention.
The simplicity also lends an air of timelessness to the picture. Aside from Emma’s ear rings and hair clips, this image could have been made any time in the last 80 years. Shallow depth of field and medium format black and white film also contribute to this feeling.
I really like this image because it is a very traditional portrait, but it doesn’t feel contrived like a studio portrait would.
Click on the image if you would like to see it larger. Enjoy…
Mamiya 80mm f2.8 AF
Ilford HP5 film