‘Commercial’ or rather ‘Charity’ portraiture

Posted on November 24, 2013

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Lately I have been asked by many friends to ‘do’ some portraits for them. I always look upon these situations as an opportunity to practice my skills as a portrait photographer. Although I have to admit it has become pretty time consuming lately. I have decided to post a couple of photographs to this blog to show how my photographic activities extend beyond just my course work.

I never work for money. I simply don’t want to become a ‘professional’ portrait photographer, at least not in the sense of the folk who work out of studios on the high street. To become an artist like Rineke Dijkstra is another matter….I wish!! I guess I am lucky and I have sufficient income from other sources so I am able to take this view. My thoughts on this are coloured by my view that as soon as photography becomes work it is weighed down by negative connotations, which are mostly about being driven to do things which I don’t really want to do.

What I do instead is ask people to make a donation to the Rotary Charity that I support. I have raised close to £1000 in the last year in this way.

Here are a couple of recent photographs. The first is a family portrait of an Indian family I know. They are very colourful.

©Keith Greenough 2013

©Keith Greenough 2013

The second is a portrait of the son of another friend. He was charming and will one day be an actor I am sure. I have seriously edited this photograph to give it a washed out ‘style’ – not sure why…but this is ‘commercial’ or rather ‘charity’ photography….

©Keith Greenough 2013

©Keith Greenough 2013

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