Taking pictures of people is one of the greatest joys I have as a photographer. Some of these are taken with the subject fully aware of me and my camera. Others are caught at a moment in time when they are not fully aware of me. My definition of portraiture is broad. The person could be engaged in a work as the fish monger in Taiwan or simply play as with the two Masai children were doing in Tanzania. When taking photos of a person I want their personality to show through. Sometimes it is in their smile or the frown on their face.
This girl from the Ching Long village in Taiwan, where my wife Jane Ingram Allen does her annual Ching Long Wetlands International Environmental Project really did not want me taking her picture. The girl was elusive and keep avoiding my camera. It became a game of defiance.
Tanzania – Mother of the Groom
U.S.A. – Too Tired to Eat
Taiwan – Women with a Red Water Bottle
Taiwan – Sparklers
Tanzania – Laughter
U.S.A. – Family
Taiwan – Man with a Blue Hat
Korea – Vendor
Tanzania – Pizza Cook
Taiwan – Professor
Tanzania – Masai Mother and her Baby
U.S.A. – Volunteer for Fort Ross
Taiwan – Fish Monger
Taiwan – Masked
Taiwan – Road Construction Dummy
U.S.A. – Working
Taiwan – Artist and Assistant
Taiwan – Vendor
Tanzania – Teachers and Students
Taiwan – Tastes Really Bad
U.S.A. – Grape Harvest
Taiwan – Educator
Taiwan – Father and Daughter
What a surprise. Beautiful portraits. Love the ‘Laughter’.
Thank you. The woman in “Laughter” was a volunteer at the Cheng long project. She was a lot of fun and extremely dedicated to her work with the artists from Holland. Here is the weblink to this project, http://artproject4wetland.wordpress.com
I’m still working on adding photographs to this new blog theme. Slow but it allows me to look back at photos I’d forgotten about. I too am occasionally surprised.
There are some pretty lovely portraits here. Love the “Fish monger”, “Masked” and the “Professor”. And are those your daughters with your wife?
Thanks, Behind the mast was a young volunteer from Taipei who was helping with the ChengLong project but she did not want to get any sun.
The three women in the photo are from left to right. Oleta, my wife’s youngest sister by 15 years: Jane: Kelsy, Oleta’s daughter who was 16. They do have a family resemblance. The event was my son’s wedding that was held 6 years ago.
Hi Tim, you have a lovely variety here. My particular favourites would be Sparklers…..unusual with the smoke and the lighting on the face is excellent, plus the dark background. The Village Girl….well done for perseverance. The Road Construction Dummy, another unusual one and a great context, and also the Tastes Really Bad which is very natural, and I love the colour range. Thanks for showing them.
Taiwan is a great place for taking photos of people. Everyone is so used to photography that they are very open and friendly.
The taste bad image was taken Taiwan night at the Ching Long International Environmental Art Project http://artproject4wetland.wordpress.com The foreign artists were given betel nuts to try.
John, I really appreciate you taking a stroll through my blog. It is great to have your comments.
I only regret I have not done so before…life always seems very busy….have a great Christmas.
Your Grape Harvest photo brought a tear to my eye. I was reminded of the hot back breaking work we used to do as migrant workers across the USA. I stared at this poor mans face and felt a deep compassion for this man as I understand only to well what endurance a person must have to do this kind of work. Well done. Maria
Thank you for sharing this information. The Hispanic/Mexican population is very large here in California. Spanish is heard almost everywhere. However, most of those picking are less educated and are more isolated. Well you know this from your experiences.
When we lived in Fellsmere, a small community in Florida, my son was in elementary school and learned Spanish from the migrant children in his school. He at times was the translator for their parents when an emergency took place. We had his friends over to our house and when they swam in our pool you would hear them shout “Mira, Mira, Mira” My son enjoyed playing little league baseball and joined the local team. He got his Spanish speaking friends join. There was some apprehension from both the white and Spanish speaking communities but when the team kept winning with these new players, everyone worked together. All the parents came to the ball games to shout encouragement in English and Spanish to their sons. My son still speaks fluent Spanish and Portuguese from being a Rotary exchange student for a year in Brasil.
nice work here Timothy. i agree, portraits are the most wonderful way to experience photography. your shots are sincere and clean. the personality of the people are right there for the viewer to feel. thanks. JT
Thank you so much for you kind words. I like you portraits as well. The Chinese woman is striking. So many narratives in this one.
Thank you and thank you for exploring my blog.
And thank you for following my blog.
Lovely portraits. I particularly like “Taiwan – Sparklers” as she’s caught so beautifully between the light smoke and the dark background. It leads one’s eye into the picture. Her expression is also enhanced wonderfully by the angle of the light.
“Taiwan – Father and Daughter” is great for it’s clarity and expression. The same goes for “Tanzania – Masai Mother and her Baby”, with that amused and caring look. My compliments.
Thank you so much Evert for wandering around my blog. I’m honored that you commented positively about my portraits. Taiwan people enjoy taking pictures of each other. Also, thank you for following my blog.
Great captures, emotions and captions
Thank you for wandering around my blog and for your kind words. Also thank you for following my blog.
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It is a pleasure 🙂
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These are just lovely. The personalities striking. Being an amateur of a little over a month, this is where I want to be. Thanks for sharing.
Thank you. However, I too have a long way to go to reach a point where I’m confident in what I’m doing. I would guess that is part of learning – “Never Satisfied” Ed, best with all of your photographic efforts.
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Thank you for taking the time to look around my blog.
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