We come to portraiture with a whole set of pre-conceived notions and ideas about what portraiture is and what we want from it. When we think of portraiture we have a few set images in our head that conform to the general idea.
Now, this is understandable. It’s the way our brains are hard wired - we hear something and we think of obvious examples to help us contextualise. It has served us well as human beings - for instance on hearing a sabre tooth tiger roar nearby, we would not stop to consider that it has toothache.
When it comes to portrait photography this manifests itself as the following
- Fake smile with dead eyes.
- Everybody stand uncomfortably.
- Thumbs up.
- Tongue out.
- Head back.
- Eyes wide.
- Get it over with as quickly as possible.
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