14 September, 2017

Portraiture vs Fashion

Anastasia Snow - Sigma 85mm, f/1.4 Art

I was mentioning, elsewhere, that I'm a portrait photographer and not a fashion photographer. It got me to thinking about what that means.

The fashion photographer's goal is to emphasise a look. The fashion is the star (or at least the co-star). For a portrait photographer, the model is the star. The outfit is like the environment — important, but not the object of the exercise. 

In fashion, the model is in service to the clothes (or jewellery, etc); in portraiture the environment and the outfit are in service to the model.

Happily, Art can be hiding in either.

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