Documentary style

Portrait photography


Beautiful natural moments in time captured forever

There is often something about studio photography, perhaps it because its ‘staged’ that I like to work ‘off the cuff’ as they say. Documentary style of portraiture photography compliments my own style of photography, often ‘in the moment’.

I think people, when you first encounter them, they try and put on a particular mask. I don’t want people to try and look a certain way. I want them to be complete natural and just themselves, without grinning, or smiling, or putting on some kind of silly expression […]

There’s this commonality of humanity, which comes through. Although they look different — they may be a nomad living in a tent — fundamentally they’re just the same as you or I. – McCurry

Portraiture documentary is arguably one of the most challenging branches of people photography. In many cases as a photographer you are not naturally part of the environment that you are photographing in and having an expensive camera in-front of your face makes you stand out of the crowd. Frequently time and the light are not on your side. I believe that is why when using this technique you are going to capture a truly magical moment.

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Photography is a love affair with life


There is only you and your camera. The limitations is your photography are in yourself, for what we see is what we are.
Ernst Haas 1921 – 1986

David Townsend Photography