Portrait of a natural beauty. Isabel.

portrait photography by anna nowakowska dublinIsabel is from Brasil. She is radiant and very pretty. I took this photography in the morning of a very blurry and cold day. She was chatting away in the kitchen and then she turned back to talk to me as I was interrupting the already very busy Saturday morning breakfast and  the light from the kitchen window fell directly onto her face. It  brighten up my day and as Isabel is recently engaged to to my fellow photographer Wanderley Massafelli I hope she will be your sunshine forever.

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Mr Dermot is a lovely man. His portrait has been taken for the NCBI’s charity action called Rainbow Journey. NCBI is a an Irish organisation that helps people with sight loss. I have been asked to take portraits of its patients that have shared the their live stories on a CD. This has been used to promote NCBI project and also as a part of the “empowering life” program that I have started over two years ago with the NCBI and its project workers.The whole idea was to photograph the participants during working on that particular project and launch the CD ending as a great success and exhibition held in Dun Laoghaire County Hall, 2014. I was only photographing these people but I gained a wonderful experience working then. I have heard inspiring stories and met fantastic people, and was proud to be part of this.

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Candid engagement portraits.|wedding photography dublin

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I have recently been fascinated by the term candid in photography. It interested me to the point that I wanted to get to the roots of that word. it comes from Latin and it means white.

Word Origin & History
candid 1620s, “white,” from L. candidum “white; pure; sincere, honest, upright,” from candere “to shine,” from PIE base *kand- “to glow, to shine” (see candle). In English, metaphoric extension to “frank” first recorded 1670s (cf. Fr. candide “open, frank, ingenuous, sincere”). Of photography, 1929. Related: Candidly.

That is just thesaurus. But when looking at contemporary family and wedding photography it surprised me how accurate this word is and how accurately people adjusted it to the needs of naming an old version of just documentary photography. Anyway. Candid means right up front and truthful but most of all: unpretended as for not staged and not posed. This is a highly fair approach to art of portrait which I try to employ as often as possible. And it also remind me of works of my beloved Nan Goldin but in her case honesty is most accurate word.

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Portrait in the studio. Henryk Ross.

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Henryk Ross is a well known World War II documentary photographer that was working under the pressure of Nazis in Lodz Poland. His work was well regarded as a social portrait of a Jewish in Lodz’s ghetto community during the occupation.
He was able to document an every day life in Ghetto and then he buried every negative and print under the tree in 1944. Thousands of prints were discovered after War giving priceless testimony to the facts of life we don’t know about.
Those pictures of a high graphic quality complete the poor visual memory we have of the daily life of jews in Poland during the nazi occupation. Criss Booth VU L’agence.

I saw a passport portrait of Henryk Ross’s recently and he was smiling on that picture. I wanted to recreate this look as a tribute to this documentary photography master.

henryk ross                     Henryk Ross, Kissing couple, Lodz 1940-44

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Eyes in portrait photography.

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This is a portrait of my father. I took it last year in his apartment. The light comes from both sides. North and South. I had in my mind the idea of what I wanted before. It is very important ( she says) to have a plan before starting to shoot. Mine was to expose the dark and watery eyes. It comes quite naturally regarding the fact that eyes are always the main focus in portrait photography. I never liked the decor and space of my parents home. But somehow our parents do stay there. And we come to visit. And what we see all of sudden is so different when you are coming back there as a photographer than what you saw as a child. Overgrown child who is a photographer sees a inhabitants of certain place rather than parents. The worlds are colliding. Nevertheless family is the first modelling crowd and your first censors, going back to photograph them and nag about taking portraits is very important adventure and start for every photographer. All the mums and sisters moaning and stiffness and exaggerating… when you brake it-you will make it. They are just people that you photograph. Like all those on the streets or studio. But it is easier when you have one thing significant in focus. And eyes tells a lot of the whole psychological story about every human being. My fathers eyes are a history themselves. Not to mention the ones that he has to say…