nadavkander#critiques There has been quite a bit of writing reviewing and critiquing my portrait of Donald Trump seen on the cover of Time Magazine’s Person Of The Year issue. “Perfect” I say because any writing that demonstrates enquiry sheds light onto the many layers a good piece of work should have. It at once promotes others to think more about what they see around them (hard with the amount of popular imagery coming at us from every direction) and it shows the possibility that we can deepen into work we look at and let our own personal story give up its secrets and feel emotion triggered by what it sees (if of course this interests you). Some excellent writing can beautifully suggest and unlock a thought trail you’d never imagined before. The more of this the better, because your interest and knowledge becomes more acute. So bring it on!
What I miss from a lot of this writing is a simple “in my view” put at the beginning or the end of a sentence occasionally. I mind this because it’s you and only you that hold the narrative to the picture and therefore another’s truth may not be yours. There is no dictionary that defines the meaning of a photograph, just a viewers view. I try with all my image making to leave the ‘door open’ so a viewer can come in and feel around for themselves. A glance back by a sitter might mean one thing to one person and something so different to another, just because, as said above, our life stories are so different from one to another.
I looked to make a portrait that respects this crossroad in history with no political view of my own.
Thank you for so much positive feedback.
#trump #timemagazine #portrait @time
- ohdaviddaviddavidThis is nice
- lucatomboliniA great picture is a great picture. This one is. 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼
- gabrielhillphotoSuper cool!
- marthachaudhryIt is a spectacular portrait, the kind we photographers strive to craft. The conversation is fascinating. It is always interesting as an artist to hear how others read your work. This portrait will have, already has, an important place in history. Well done ...
- kaibastardLove the position of the copy with the 'M' looking like devil horns
- zenithphotostudioReally nice!
- myrnaphotographyAmazing @nadavkander !!! Really liked the article by @jakeromm
- emilia_lamasPretty awesome!
- alessandro_pietriWell said and the portrait is remarkably layered and extraordinary. Sometimes this type of portraiture photography seems a fading art in today's world but luckily we still have a few great artists left in this medium to inspire us. You are certainly one 🎩
- benmatthews72The divided states of America is right. Bush was the "decider", Trump is the "divider".
- richjrichphotoExcellent portrait, as always your lighting is exquisite and the colours in the photograph are beautiful. Do you have a behind the scenes photo showing the set up, these are really informative for other photographers to learn from
- jason.beaverLove the portrait, love the print layout which allows for horns.
- erikmadiganheckWould you ever turn down a subject based on your political views, or ideas surrounding ethics?
- pfeffergruenStrong words... I love to read your captions... even when you never read the comments here, I write it down
- jenni.whiteley@nadavkander a very emotive photograph for a lot of people and a brilliant summary of your thoughts
- all_i_seaI love the scrathes on the back of the fancy chair. Details details
- missanielaLove both image and text...bravo
- mikeschmidt_Excellent portrait work
- nadavkander@erikmadiganheck I am an artist making portraits, akin to a writer I would not temper my subjects. Human condition interests me. If I could have photographed Stalin, I would have.
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