I chose Portrait #1, but I am actually leaning towards option C. Can you do a shot where you don't look so... angry? I mean, atmospheric intensity I can get behind, but it looks like someone pissed in your Cheerios and you just took a bite. Sorry.
I do like the technical aspects of the first shot a lot, though.
I agree with everything this person said. Have you forgotten how to smile?
I was attempting to debate between disheveled or haggard myself!
I prefer #1 of the two options, but how unapproachable do you want to seem? Your expression looks as rumpled as your backdrop in #2.
I don't mean there's anything wrong with your actual face. God. That sounded brutal.
I agree with all of them. You don't want to scare the judges.
number one is pretty dreamlike and magical
Numero Uno is kinda Matthew Brady-ish.
Liked them both, really, but there's just more going on in #1 in the background. #2 does have that hard-workin', hard-drinkin' aspect to it, though.
IMO, you look Very Serious Artiste in #1, and Crazy Mad Photog in #2. #2 is more true to you, #1 will probably play better with the Leica crowd :)
Out of the two of those, I would pick #1, but personally I like it when you smile, at least a little.
#1 ... but run a sepia or platinum photokit on it....
#1 is more arty, and it'd impress a wider audience... but since this is an audience of photographers, I think #2 has a "no bullshit" aspect that'd be more appealing.
It's past the deadline anyway. And I always tell people to never rely on my judgment.
Its interesting...#1 actually seems like a portrait of the camera that you just sort of happen to be standing in, and #2 is a portrait of you, that the camera just happens to be loitering in.
I like the apparent formality of the first photo but that you also have your leg tucked up and your hand resting; it's a bit meditative and relaxed in contrast.
2012-06-14 04:46 am (UTC)
Why so serious?
I like the second one because it's easier to see your eyes.
i would say 1, but theres a blur on your glasses lens and that distracts me.
I picked #1 because I like your glasses, and your expression (though I tend to agree that I like you smiling, better!) but I like the visibility and your hair in #2. Super-impose one over the other and submit both :D lol... I do kind of see #1 as being the ghost in the background of #2
Mostly I like #1 except for your hand placement. It looks a bit crotch touchy. Sorry.
Both are really neat though.
My thoughts exactly. Otherwise the black & white one is my favorite. :)
One, hands down. Gorgeous shot.
I chose #1, too, but...you do look a bit "Hide the booze and the women!" in both of these.
I know you were tired and hurried, but couldn't you have softened your face just a bit? Your new "serious face" makes you look resigned and frowny. We've discussed in the past how you and I and many other photographer-inclined people are happier behind the camera. But I suspect working on neutral-face and not-frowny serious-face on yourself might help you with other portraits. AND you are more and more becoming Famous Kyle, who people want to take pictures of. (hrm, "of whom people want to take pictures?")
Of the two pictures, I dislike the black and white one less. I like the blurring effect, and how the camera is almost more important than you are. The color one has no interesting focus, you're a bit squinty because you just took your glasses off, and your head angle is weird. I know self-portraits are really tricky - I've taken more of myself for internet dating sites than I'd care to mention - so maybe this is just an issue of more practice.
What a grumpy look! But I love the first one.
I don't think you need to smile, but while I like these as portraits, I don't like them as portraits of you. They don't show your satisfaction in your work. You should look at a cat as you take the pic.
2012-06-14 01:40 pm (UTC)
Smiling for the camera and flattering portraits are cliche and boring. Don't listen to anyone who says otherwise. I like the gritty old-time feel of the first one.
I voted for #2 because I like that your face is clearer: no glasses and a sharper focus means your eyes are very much the center and captivating element of the picture. Also, I love the more defined textures in #2.
And I agree you look particularly grumpy in both. It's almost as if you had reached the end of a long day only to realize you had yet one more thing to do...like completely break down and reassemble your studio for a self-portrait. Seriously, the expression feels very real. The look of a working photographer. It's truly you in that moment. Very stripped down and honest. No phony smiles or pretending. I like it.
I dunno, it feels less to me like "gritty no-pretense realism" and more like "Fuck you, AND my jaw hurts and I just tasted something sour."
HA! Yes, which could be the realistic part of it.
#2 is probably a better portrait. But #2 is such a cool photo. You look like a 21st-century Prospero with his robot Ariel.
wow both are really great photos but i do seem to be drawn to the color one more.
Life isn't all rainbows and unicorns. I picked #1 because I like the emotional "feel" of it better. I really dig the fact that you "just sat down and took the shot" instead of doing something else. Kudos, Kyle. Well done.
I like number 2 because it gives off more warm vibes-peace
I like the atmosphere in portrait 1, but you don't look so sad in portrait 2. And when I think of Kyle, I don't think of a sad human, but one who is in love with life and all of the amazing people in it.
Try and capture that.