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In Learning the Beauty of Portraiture and Hand-Drawn Butterflies

My portrait of Chanel and her hand-drawn butterflies. Shot at Bon Soleil studio in Toronto. I love how this portrait reminds me of Johannes Vermeer ‘s painting “Girl with a Pearl Earring

I know it has been a while since I have blogged. I have been in a funk in relation to things creative and descriptive. I am a believe that the human condition needs to be explored through things ‘molded and crafted,’ yet there seemed to me a sense that I didn’t have anything truly wanting to add to the public discourse until now.

For the past little while, I have been playing around with photography. While I had a camera during family festivities and vacations during my teen years, photography was a strong component of my journalism career. Yet as I faded away from that career, so do my interest in photography. But since the rise of Instagram, I have keenly become aware of the artistic side of photography to express the human condition, especially in it’s beauty and its desire. So I have been playing around with photography a bit. Not with high-end gear but with used stuff, and have been working creating some images with a few models in both open areas and in studios. And I have to say that I find the results fascinating.

Portrait photography or portraiture in photography is a photograph of a person or group of people that captures the personality of the subject by using effective lighting, backdrops, and poses. A portrait picture might be artistic, or it might be clinical, as part of a medical study. (Wikipedia.org)

Chanel and her hand-drawn butterflies. Shot at Bon Soleil studio in Toronto, Canada

Portraiture for me has been very fascinating . In an attempt to bring in elements of a person’s personality into a single image can be a challenge. And finding a perfect subject with elements to create a portrait that is stimulating and enlightening to both the eye and the mind can be a challenge.

So now comes to the photo posted above. I have known the subject – Chanel Wase – for a couple of years now. Not only has she modeled for me a few times but I have purchased her art work on numerous occasions. So a few months ago we had planned to do a portrait of her with her work with some hand-drawn butterflies. It took a bit of time to get around our schedules – Chanel is a full-time student in Toronto as well as being an model and avid concert photographer – but we finally got together at the wonderful Bon Soleil Studio in Toronto. (And thanks to Marie there for hosting the wonderful space for us to work in) And the image above is the final product. What you are not seeing is a framed print that I made for myself with added butterflies around the frame.

I have printed several photos of Chanel from this shoot and using some lovely old frames that I have located in nearby charity-thrift stores have incorporated the butterflies she had drawn. Several of the larger 8X10 prints have made their way to my portrait wall (And I have been offered money for some of them.) while some of the 4X7 prints I have given away as gifts.

Chanel has drawn another set of butterflies for me. Looking forward to shooting her portrait with them soon.

And the exciting thing too is that Chanel has another set of butterflies waiting for me to photograph with her. I am certainly hoping we can connect for that soon.