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I really savor your handling of light and shadow, Evan. The subtle gradation and ever so slight caressing of the contours of the human face, body and so on. To me, your portraits are beautiful compositions and waltzes of bright and dark. When I view them, I feel like I’m settling into them.
I’m a fan of truth in portraits like this and am inclined to preserve the natural blemishes – and the lines and details of time and experience.
At the same time, in my own work in this vein, I’ve made peace with the reality that a conflict occurs between this sublime lighting approach and the way the subject generally appears in less dramatic lighting. When I light like this, it’s as if I deliberately tried to cast a shadow on every pore and wrinkle – and it exaggerates the “flaws”.
So for myself, I choose to back it down a bit in post. Not to hide truth, more to lessen the exaggeration my chosen lighting effect has created.