|© Timothy Archibald|
fototazo has asked twelve photographers what makes a good portrait. This is the 9th in the series of their responses. The other responses is the series have come from Margo Ovcharenko, Shen Wei, Lucas Foglia, Susan Worsham, Steve Davis, Elinor Carucci, Mark Powell and Jess T. Dugan.
Anastasia Cazabon is from Cambridge, Massachusetts and graduated from the New England School of Photography and from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She was a co-founder of the photography collective The Exposure Project. She was included in the Humble Arts Foundation publication The Collector's Guide to Emerging Art Photography. She has shown her work internationally, including shows in Greece, Germany, the United States, Italy, and a solo show at The Gallery for Photography in Gdansk, Poland.
|© Andrea Modica. Treadwell, NY (1987)|
I love to see the moment captured when the subject is not conscious of the camera. I know that it’s close to impossible for an individual not to be aware of the camera and not to involuntarily put up and hide behind a defensive wall. Even when someone takes a picture of me I can feel myself tense up. So when I see a portrait that seems to be free of the veil of self-consciousness, it's refreshing. That's perhaps the reason I love the freedom of expression emanating from the photographs of children and young people, because as subjects they are unpretentious and not overly self-aware.
|© Viktoria Sorochinski|