Environmental portraiture is the subject of the next few posts. In the example above, the place and person merge and separate at the same time.
This image was made during a photographic excursion we conducted with a group of asylum seekers from Iran. The picture was taken in haste just before realizing that it wasn’t such a good idea to be responsible for a group of 6 fully dressed adults (who happen to be on bridging visas) let loose with cameras on one of the world’s busiest beaches.
It was the result of a double impulse, a familiar tactic to all photographers which resembles the act of shoplifting: stealing the unsuspecting image followed by a diversion, in this instance, turning the camera 90 degrees overhead to avoid detection.
Leaving ethics and coincidence to one side, the idea leads to an extended delineation of the portrait in an environment suggesting (what we all suspect but rarely think about) that there is something else happening right at the same time just beyond our frame of vision.