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Portraits and simplicity

Inspired by Steve McCurry's 'Afghan Girl', I've created this portrait of Catarina in the West London studio last year. Aiming for a daring eye contact and simplicity, the portrait is using a negative space (an empty space to the left of the subject) to create tension.


There are no fancy props, no opulence. I've created the light setup using two studio lamps wrapped in modifiers, and added rich burgundy red hair colour that adds life to the scene.