Photo 52: Within the Frame

Classic Portraiture:  Groupings {Week 38}

A lifestyle approach to group portraiture is similar to street and travel photography (and other types of photography that recall a photojournalistic style) in that it is more candid and seemingly spontaneous than a carefully posed portrait. Using this approach, a photographer must often exert deliberate patience in order to capture what Cartier-Bresson famously called “the decisive moment". The effective use of depth and subject separation in the candid style of group portraiture, which I have always preferred, often creates a very powerful image. Although the photo below captures a silly moment between my mother and son, I find the strangers in the background just as significant, adding not only balance but a bit of intrigue.

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