An “Arbusian” portrait

an "Arbusian" portrait

ISO 200 f/5.6 1/125s 55mm


What makes Arbus’s use of the frontal pose so arresting is that her subjects are often people one would not expect to surrender themselves so amiably and ingenuously to the camera. thus, in Arbus’s photographs, frontally also implies in the most vivid way the subject’s cooperation. To get these people to pose, the photographer has had to gain their confidence, has had to become ‘friends’ with them. On Photography, by Susan Suntag

Yesterday, he found me while taking some macro photos of blossoms. He asked me for a portrait. I’m going to print this photo for him. :)

* Diane Arbus was a photographer noted for abnormal people as subject of photography… find more in wikipedia.