Portrait work  

Portraits are without a doubt one of the most rewarding aspects of photography. Not only for the opporunity to produce a great image, but for the chance to meet someone new and probably interesting, even if only for a brief period. It is a chance for me to pry a little, to ask questions helpful to my perception of my subject and their background, but on a personal level to learn something of the way others see life.


There is always an element of complicity and compromise between photographer and sitter and frequently an element of conflict. Everyone has an inner vision of how they wish to be seen by others, and sitting in front of a camera encourages them to adopt a posture that reflects that image. The best subjects, I think, are those whose real and imagined lives can be seen in the final image.


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Please note that all images and texts on this site are Mark Woodward 2001. Under the terms of the 1988 design, copyright and patents act they may not be copied, stored or reproduced in any form without the express written permission of the photographer.