The Environmental Portrait

Hasselblad 503CW camera and Hasselblad 65mm f3.5 lens with Kodak Portra 160VC film

Hasselblad 503CW camera and 50mm f4 Distagon FEL T lens Kodak Portra 160VC film

Environmental Portraiture

Probably the most important shot within the photo essay, the environmental portrait has the capacity to tell a story within a single picture. The image should be constructed so as to contain something of the essential nature of the subject pictured. The photographer's role is as much facilitator as artist as he or she endeavours to record the subject most expressive moment. Of course, as is the case in traditional portraiture, the photographer may have to provide significant direction to the subject to achieve the desired expression or pose.

Glenn Guy