Sunday, January 17, 2010

Gary, Concord, CA

Gary, Concord, CA (11/365), originally uploaded by Stephen Foster.
Daily portrait number 11. January 11, 2010.

Gary is a neighbor. I think he found this amusing; but he is gracious.

This was shot on film while the digital camera is in the shop. By the time I got it posted here the digital was back, but I want ahead and loaded another roll of film - it still looks good to my eye.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon, originally uploaded by Stephen Foster.
A break in the portrait series - the digital camera is in the shop, the portraits are analog for a while.

This is from the Wayback Machine. We took a vacation to the Grand Canyon in April 2009.

This, and it's companions (click on the photo) are victims of pixel punishing, PhotoShop manipulation extraordinaire. Color originals were converted to black and white through various shenanigans with the saturation, clarity, exposure and contrast controls.

Love, and broken pixels,

Sunday, January 10, 2010


Lisa, originally uploaded by Stephen Foster.
A very nice lady who cheerfuly takes care of my elderly aunt's nails.

I begin each day in a state of mild anxiety; what will I have to do to get the required portrait today? Somehow it keeps working, but it is only January.

Day 10 of 365

Love, and pixels,

Saturday, January 9, 2010


Suchira, originally uploaded by Stephen Foster.
Our middle daughter. Mother of the Incomparable Grandchild

I'm running low on family members in my own house as subjects

Day 9 of 365

Friday, January 8, 2010

The Natural

The Natural, originally uploaded by Stephen Foster.
Day 8 of 365. The Incomparable Grandchild.

When I ask her to portray an emotion or attitude she willingly complies, for half a minute, before she breaks up with laughter or highjinks.

Today I did not walk about looking for subjects. In the afternoon she was home from school so I took the easy way

Thursday, January 7, 2010


Demetreanna, originally uploaded by Stephen Foster.
This young woman knows what she wants. This time I was asked to take the photo. When I said "yes", she was a bit surprised, but recovered gracefully.

Up to now, I haven't photographed a woman I didn't already know; I'm shy - fearing I would be thought on the make. I wonder if this makes the next time easier or not. We will see.

Ashley and Tommy

Ashley and Tommy, originally uploaded by Stephen Foster.
I got a second set yesterday. These two were so nice together, I had to bother them for some shots.


Ali, originally uploaded by Stephen Foster.
The first of the day. From yesterday.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Willing Complicity

A. M., a co-worker. I'm lobbying her to do a session of her with her mother, whom I've never met.

Yesterday, while reading blogs on photography, I came across The Visual Science Lab by Kirk Tuck. In a comment response he says, "The images that really hit you are the ones where there is some sort of collaboration or willing complicity between the photographer and the subject."

Monday, January 4, 2010

Day 4 - Talking to Strangers

I accosted this gentleman, Mr. S. during my afternoon walk. I'm shy about asking strangers If I may photograph them. Just a major point of this exercise.

Day 3 - Our Youngest

She's resistant to being photographed; self-conscious, I guess. I had to work fast.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

The Portrait Project, Day 2.

Our eldest child, TJ. She sat for a moment in the midst of a busy hair salon.

This was shot with a cell phone camera and converted to B&W in Photoshop.

Friday, January 1, 2010


Madam, originally uploaded by Stephen Foster.
The first of the daily portraits.

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