Photographing portraits is a challenging art form and not everyone’s cup of tea. However, the portrait photographs taken by James Marvin make the task look easy. Not only has James covered people of different regions, age groups and genders, he has also captured diverse emotions and moods. This has been done through the use of lighting, contrast, color as well as facial expressions.
Let’s go a little deeper into the range of portrait photographs taken by James Marvin. He has covered men, women and children. The fact that he has traveled extensively to add to his collection is visible by the attire of the people who are the subjects of his photographs. James seems to possess the talent of making his subjects feel completely at ease while capturing their moods. Be it of an elderly man sitting beside a wall in a pensive mood or a child feeling excited about holding a lollipop, James has ensured that his subjects do not feel camera conscious.
The lighting usually plays a key role. For instance, in photographs that have a somber feel, James Marvin has created the atmosphere by lowering the intensity of the indirect lighting used. He has used under-exposure to his advantage to offer a harsher feel to photographs. James has enhanced this by making texture an important part of not only his subject, but also the background. In some photographs, he has used natural lighting (of a really bright sun) to convey joy and hopefulness. The colors of the clothing as well as the background are mostly in perfect harmony with the sentiments conveyed by the facial expressions of his subjects.