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Your Favorite Environmental Portraits and Candids

Discussion in 'People' started by Mike Buckley, Sep 22, 2008.

  1. Nobody likes tightly cropped portraits and candids more than I, but I also like the extreme opposite -- environmental portraits and candids. The ideal environmental portrait or candid allows the space around the subject to reveal information about the subject.

    Please post your favorite environmental portraits or candids!

    I'll kick this off with two environmental candids of a gozleme cook. Gozleme is a freshly cooked wrap that I discovered in Turkey. Onions, spinach and cheese are commonly inside the wrap. Every time I saw it, it was being cooked in a small informal stall at tourist stops. It's healthy, fresh (because it's made to order), inexpensive and fast. It also tastes great!

    waiting for the next order of gozleme

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  2. Phillip Ino

    Phillip Ino

    Nov 26, 2007
    Does this count?

  3. If it works for you, it definitely works for me. :smile:

    Seriously, though the backside of a person is not the subject of a traditional portrait or candid, your image reminds me of a very famous portrait of Pablo Casals. I think it was made by Josuf Karsh but it might be an Arnold Newman image. Casals was a famous cellist during the radio years before television was prominent. Considering that people heard Casals on the radio and didn't know what he looked like, the photographer made his famous photograph of the subject's backside.
  4. gilbert


    May 6, 2005
    So. CA
    I have posted some of these in the past, but they are some of my favorite environmental portraits that I have done. Arnold Newman is one of my favorite photographers, and these were taken in that vein.

    #1 Martha, 90 year old great grandmother and her collection of hats that she is mighty proud of

    #2 Maria, my secretary and one of many cacti that she grows in her LA backyard

    #3 Remy, my good friend and clay thrower. These are a small subsample of the pieces he has in his house.

    #4 Eli, a cowboy in every sense of the word; started riding horses at around age 4.
  5. LindaZ


    Jul 29, 2007
    Wilmington, NC
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  6. Phillip Ino

    Phillip Ino

    Nov 26, 2007
    Nice! How very fitting. Thanks a lot for that bit of information :smile:
  7. Phillip Ino

    Phillip Ino

    Nov 26, 2007
    Here's another :smile:

  8. Hi, Linda! Your daughter and the rocking horse are adorable. The placeholders for the other two images say "Content Protected by Owner." I wanna see 'em!
  9. Gilbert, thanks for the contributions! I especially like the woman among her hats.
  10. mood


    Jun 27, 2007
    So Fla
    I prefer candids with some surrounding area
    otherwise, its a portrait to me...


    was hiking in the Catskills and caught these Buddhist monks taking a stroll


    botanical gardens, doesn't look to happy huh..

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  11. BarryS


    Dec 12, 2006
    Narberth, PA
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  12. I think these are all repeats, but they're some of my favorites. :) 




  13. Wow! We're getting quite a vareity of styles already!

    Barry, I like your second one a lot.

    Sonya, I have only seen the last one, so thanks for posting the others again. That last one is "environmental" in a couple of different ways. :smile:
  14. LindaZ


    Jul 29, 2007
    Wilmington, NC
    Can you see my photos now?!
  15. Frank, I like the image of the man surveying the flowers.

    Linda, yours are now showing. I wouldn't normally think of a chair as setting the environment for a person, but when the person is such a small child the chair is a huge environment. Very cool!
  16. What a great idea for a thread! I'm not sure if any of these count but here they are anyway:

    1. My 12 year old playing at a recent gig

    2. My youngest son watching a sick hedgehog we tried to nurse back to health


    4. Homeless in Toronto

    5. Candid from an equine event

    6. Girl at wedding

    7. Mother and son
  17. Wonderful environmental candids and portraits, Colin!
  18. Sometimes the space around the subject tells us what the subject isn't doing, which tells us a lot about the person at least at the moment of the capture.

  19. Mike, great idea for a thread. My favorite type of people pics. Here are a couple.



    And some film images.



    And a very old pic of my wife.

  20. I especially like the first, second and fifth pics, Ray. Great job!
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