I realized I don’t feature traditional style portraits very often. But when I see a gorgeous image on my screen sometimes it changes my whole Monday In Frame plan. In James Jackson’s image, the woman’s coy expression, and the way in which her hair falls softly with slight movement, embodies a demure moment in a somewhat gritty scene. It creates a cinematic quality that makes me want to know more about this ingénue.
This week’s featured Instagram user is Phil Martin, @phil.martin. Phil is also the founder of the Make Portraits Not War (@makeportraitsnotwar) account and hashtag. Beyond the usual people-jumping-in-the-air and selfie-in-the-mirror shots, Phil’s best works are his portraits using available light.
If you’d like your Instagram photos to be considered for this weekly InstantDC-curated feature, please tag them #exposeddc or #instantdc. Show us what you’ve got!
A snapshot of a another person is a simple takeaway of a moment, meant to capture a passing second of time. A portrait is more special. A portrait can share insight about the subject, and the photographer. Jim Darling’s portrait work shares with the viewer a deeper sense of the subject and of himself.