Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Trusting eyes

I've played with making portraits in the past and had some success, but really want to get more into it this year. This little guy has beautiful eyes and I wanted to capture them. Actually, his mother captured the image on her point-and-shoot digital camera and I offered to do some post-processing (cropping, sharpening, selective saturation/desaturation, blemish removal and vignetting) to give it some professional polish.

This photo is cross-posted on Flickr and one commenter mentioned that his expression is one of trust. And I agree. Children tend to trust adults. They have to, since they cannot fend for themselves. For this little guy, like so many other children, his growing independence will one day intersect with the cumulative effect of having been disappointed by people numerous times, and that trust will eventually fade.

Maybe that's why people are drawn to portraits of children. They portray something that's been lost over the course of the years and it feels good to get it back, if only for a few moments.

Photograph © 2007 James Jordan.


Sheila said...

I was a bit surprised to see that you were branching out to people since before I don't remember seeing them as subjects. I look forward to seeing more especially if the photos are as engaging as this little guy's. Great job!

JAM said...

This is a beautiful child. Your work here on this one is amazing. Yet again.

Miss Trashahassee said...

That is precious on a stick right there, that is.

Absolutely gorgeous.