Portrait 1

During this month, I am sharing some of my preferred portraits.

Every time you will see a different person, and yet they will have a common feature, their facial expressions sharing many deep emotions. Their expressions told me that they were perhaps remembering, dreaming, forgetting, or simply contemplating life with peace of mind.

I felt privileged to capture a second of their lives. It is up to all of us to imagine each one of their life’s stories.

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“Spring passes and one remembers one’s innocence. Summer passes and one remembers one’s exuberance. Autumn passes and one remembers one’s reverence. Winter passes and one remembers one’s perseverance.” ― Yoko Ono

I am posting for the Writer’s Quote Wednesday of my friend Colleen Chesebro’s from Silver Threading. And I am also posting for the Photo Rehab. The Photo Rehab is a community to share photos, learn from each other and connect. Want to know more about it and see more photos from talented photobloggers? See below.

In December 2014, after completing the Photo101 course, I opened the Photo Rehab Event in this blog, a ‘healing clinic’, for all of us who love photography (hobbyists, amateurs, pro-shooters and enthusiasts) who missed the course and daily interaction with other photobloggers.

I am always inspired by the photos shared within our community of photobloggers, and for that I want to share my enthusiasm with you.

You can visit all other photos of all patients here: Photo Rehab 

MEET THE PATIENTS

Here are all 41 participants since January 2015.  Go and check their wonderful blogs as well.

ACBistro

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AngelineM’s blog

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Angle and Views

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Andy Townend 

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Artistic License of Life 

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Artihorseshit

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Atelier Azure

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Bad Fish Out of Water

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Belgian Streets

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Beespeak

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Cardinal Guzman 

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Chris Breebaart

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Deb’s World

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Eclecticoddsnsods

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ForestWoodFolkArt

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Giving Thought Giving Sight 

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ImaniKingBlog

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Japan Can Mix

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Jill’s Scene

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Laura Gabrielle Feasey

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Lisa Dorenfest

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Mara Eastern 

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Musings from a Frequent Flying Scientist

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My Story by Teresa

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My Red Page

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My First DSLR Camera

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Mymiacreations

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Oosterman Treats Blog

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Project Easier 

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Perelincolors

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Perspectives on

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Photoquest 

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Restart Urgently Needed

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Rubyspolaroid

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Snapshots Snippets and Scribbles 

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Silver Threading 

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Susan’s Photo 101

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Through the Lens of My Life 

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The Light Inside Us.

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Trigger Happy 

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Viaja2

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Restless Jo 

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On Pets and Prisoners 

070 Through My Eyes

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HOW TO JOIN THE PHOTO REHAB

Time: The Clinic is open 24 x 7

Camera: You can use any camera, from DSLR, mirrorless, compact, to smartphones.

Theme: Bring your creativity and photograph a theme of your liking in B&W or Color. With or without edition. We like learning techniques as well, if you want to share it with everyone.

Who can join: Anyone can join. All you need is passion. Passion to speak up through images – or words, if you may want to add your thoughts to it as well – showing what you see and how much that is important to you.

You can do a self-examination. If you detect any of the following symptoms, as carefully described by Albert from the blog Trigger Happy, come and join us: “Withdrawal symptoms may include the incessant need to carry your camera everywhere with you, the need to wake up in the wee hours to take photos during the golden hour, and checking up on others you met during the course to see what their newfound knowledge has brought fruit to.”

How does it work:

  1. Shoot a photo.
  2. Prepare your post and publish it. Remember to Pingback to this post and to use the tag #PhotoRehab so that we can find your post in the WP reader.
  3. Add your photo to the link provided below. In this way, you expose your photo to the other participants and the audience of the Photo Rehab.
  4. Here is the link to add your photos. Knock the wall of the Clinic… and click on the image below:

75 thoughts on “Portrait 1

    • Hello Jason, I am very sorry for getting back to you after such a long time. Apologies for that. Thanks for the reblog. It was very much appreciated.
      Great to hear from you again. You had vanished from the reader and I concluded you had left WP because of all the problems you had. If you hadn’t taken this action I wouldn’t have found out that you are still a WP blogger and that you were unfollowed automatically from my blog. This happens very often, as you may know.
      The most important is to have you back and to apologize to you. I was on vacations and scheduled posts. It took me more time than I had anticipated to reply to all earlier comments. Hopefully I managed to find time to do this today.
      Hope you are well!
      All the best and thanks again.
      Cheers,
      Lucile

  1. I just stopped and stared at his portrait. His focus, his attention to his fingers… what is he thinking? It makes me want to know more. I think that is a sign of an intriguing portrait. Well-done!

  2. Lucile, this is wonderful. I was drawn to his eyes, eyebrows, his frown and then his finger, in all their gnarliness–what a heck of a photograph you have taken!

    • Thanks! I love this photo too. I had to make some acrobatics to get it done but it was totally drawn to the sadness of this man. I felt like asking if he needed help and still regret not having done so.

    • Let me already start apologizing for my late reply.
      Thanks, Britta. I don’t do anything special. I like observing people and I prefer making photos of elderly people rather than young ones. I think it just speaks more to me.
      People who are alone in the streets or parks, old or young, tend to take a contemplative attitude to their surroundings and that is what I pay attention to.
      All the portraits I made while visiting Porto in Portugal. You see many elderly people in the streets there. They dress very formally too. The ladies are elegant and the man wear suits. It feels like being back in another century.
      I saw many of them alone. I just could make all these photos undisturbed.
      Some others I made during a river cruise in the Vale do Douro, a one day trip from Porto. Again, there were mostly elderly in this cruise. I stayed most of the times watching the ones who preferred to enjoy the valley and river sights, alone in the deck.
      I wasn’t always making photos. Just like them I was drawn to the views and spent time out there with my husband, simply in silence. Anyone could have made our photos too. Maybe my portrait is on another blog now. 😉

      • That’s true, anyone could be making our portraits. I guess I’ve never really thought about it.

        That said, I think you are being far too humble. It takes a certain attention to detail (in your case, a particular attention to people) to catch moments like this. As you said, you like observing people–and not everyone is that observant. Personally, I’d be too self-conscious that the person would notice me taking photos of them and get weirded out.

        Your photos are beautiful and they speak to the particular capacity in which you view the world. Not everyone is a photographer and not everyone could capture a moment like this. It’s really quite poignant; contrary to what you might think, you ARE doing something special.

        • Britta, this is so beautiful and overwhelming. Thank you.
          I really didn’t think I was doing something special, not even out of modesty, but just because I’m still learning to photograph with more technique. You’re right though that it’s something else that’s influencing my choices in photography, and that is being naturally observant to people.
          I didn’t learn this and it has more to do with who I am.
          Heartfelt thanks for the insightful and kind comment.

          • As always, you’re most welcome. Keep doing what you’re doing, Lucile. You do it so well! (also, you printed my words out and have them on your desk…like, that’s the biggest compliment I’ve ever gotten as a writer. Basically, we’re just really good at encouraging each other, and that’s awesome 🙂 )

  3. Wonderful portrait, Lucile! Talk about a history written in every line… I want to sit right down next to him and listen. Was he aware you were taking his photo? Either way, it’s brilliant!
    And what a thrill to see my humble peony there amongst your fine array of talent. Thank you so much 🙂

    • I have just made to the last post with unread comments. So that will be my last apology, at least for this late reply.
      Thanks for commenting, and for your ingoing support to my blog and photos experimentation, Jo. It means more to me than you may realize.
      This man wasn’t aware of my action. He was so far away that he didn’t even notice that I stopped in for of him, just one meter away and made this picture. It took me a second and I wasn’t even sure if it would be sharp, so fast was my reaction. I was drawn to him.
      Thank you!

    • Dear Ellen, thank you so much for dropping by and leaving such a considerate comment.
      Apologies for the late reply. I have underestimated the time would need to catch with all comments made to my steeled posts during vacations!
      All the best to you.
      Lucile

  4. I have just taken a walk through your Portrait Series (1-3) and am moved. The depth and clarity are magnificent and the subjects are wonderful. I need to know your secrets!

    • PS – I can still ‘like’ your images in the reader even if I can’t on your blog……and that makes me happy because I like ‘liking’ you :-). Just can’t help myself.

      • You are so funny! I know you can still like, and that is why I didn’t mind when people said that don’t have time and wanted at least to leave a token of appreciation on the form of a ‘like’. A Happy Engineer had told me that the like button is always there on the reader. It is removed only when you open the posts. So there wasn’t much of an argument! 😉
        And I love that you like ‘liking’ me!
        🙂

    • Here I am late again and asking forgiveness for my late reply. Thank you for the ongoing support and encouragement, Lisa. It means a lot.
      I wish I had a secret instead of luck to find wonderful people in the streets. I made all these portraits in Porto, Portugal. The secret perhaps is the fact that there are many elderly people alone in the streets. They mostly look so sad or perhaps they are just introspective. They were so focused that none of them notice my actions and I was sometimes one meter away from them.

    • Thank you for dropping by Vashti. I appreciate your visit and comment.
      Apologies for such a late reply. Your comment reach my blog while I was on vacations and had left scheduled posts.
      I am happy you liked the photo and the choice of quote.
      Cheers!

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