This exercise requires the use of a wide angle lens from a position below the subject preferably looking up from a close low viewpoint. Whilst not specifically requested I decided to take a portrait using this “not ideal combination of focal length and position. However, I have seen this style used for dynamic portraiture, particularly by Lee Jeffries. He describes his work as “neither journalism nor portraiture” though the images are clearly portraits. The wide angle lens he uses and level to low position he adopts, occasionally higher, adds dynamism and drama to what are already difficult images to view.
The image above, taken from below waist image shows clearly distortion in the arm length and see of hands – it adds to the grotesque power of the image which is still one of the easier images to view by Jeffries.
With this in mind and a much less distressing image set in mind I took a photograph of a friend who enjoys martial arts. He is wearing gloves which partly conceals the distortion of his hands.
While the lens choice and position is not ideal, I think this treatment slightly enhances the portrait although the chosen context is clearly completely wrong, the exposure is suspect and the composition is not good!
- Bloomfield, R (2014) Photography 1: Expressing your Vision., OCA 2017, p.44
- http://leejeffries.500px.com/home – accessed January 2018