The photographer in me seeks to capture the briefest moment in time. I seldom do this with portraits. Catching spontaneous moments in people’s faces requires stealth, intimacy, and hubris. Well, I think it does. You have to have confidence that you have the right to get up in someone’s space and captures a private moment. A friend recently showed me how to do this, with the cooperation of the subject. The key is as simple and as complicated as redirecting the gaze of the model.

All this has little to do with this painting other than to illustrate that we can catch some expressions such as anger at intrusion when we reorient the gaze back to a direct look at us. I feel I captured this guy’s expression at the precise moment he caught me observing him and he doesn’t look too happy for that intrusion.

Subject: I have to give credit to my inspiration for these paintings: Juan Martinez Parente.

Materials: watercolour paper, dry pastels, white-tinted acrylic varnish

Dimensions: 8.5” (21.6cm) x 5.5” (14cm)

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