Portrait of Brian Matura; May 26, 2011 Atlanta, GA.
Making a portrait is like driving a four wheel drive Jeep. Mostly you just need two wheel drive but sometimes you have to engage the front differential for better traction. Likewise the portraits I make are mostly about character and sometimes it is about character and an idea. Actually that analogy is not completely true – you always have to have some idea percolating in the background for a portrait to be more than just a likeness. Portraits are also a collaboration between sitter and photographer, an in a good portrait there is a give and take. You can’t be just a director. as we were making this portrait we were talking about business and how it is going. Brian is a small business owner – a homebuilder and contractor — and while the past few years haven’t been easy he has managed to survive. he was telling me tells me that the remodeling business has been picking up over the past year (as assignment work has been for me as well) so in a way this portrait of him is about the idea of surviving the ups and downs we all have to deal with, about character.