Tag: Expression


Here are three more images from last week’s Street photography workshop. To me, each expression either tells a story, hints at a story, or leaves you wondering what the story is. All shot with my Rolleiflex 3.5E3, on Rollei RPX400 film.

Street Rollef RP 400003

Street Rollef RP 400010

Street Rollef RP 400022

Veronica #2

Here is one more from my shoot with Veronica this past Saturday. I was very impressed by her ability to create a great expression.


Hasselblad 500C/M, 80mm/2.8 Planar lens
Rollei RPX100 developed in Rodinal 1+25

Grace I: Expression

I have said before that a successful portrait/model shoot is part dance and part acting: dance skills allow for relaxed and beautiful poses, and acting ability allows for expression and emotion to flow unhindered from the subject. Grace (with whom I worked with yesterday) has both, and I think we got some good results. All I had to do was suggest a scenario and she found an inner dialog and a real expression to go with it.



Nikon D7100, 50mm/1.8 AF-D Nikkor lens
Post processing in Lightroom and Nik Silver Efex Pro 2

The Landscape of Life

Last week I made the following statement on Twitter:

“The human face is the landscape of life, and is infinitely more incredible than any geography on Earth”

I think this image I took of model Jennifer Santos Bettencourt last evening serves as a good illustration of what I was saying. What sets Jennifer apart from so many other models is the depth and subtle intensity of the facial expressions she creates. truly a landscape of life.

Jennifer at U of T


(Rolleicord IIIa Twin lens Reflex, 75mm/f3.5 Xenar lens, Tri-X developed in Xtol 1:1 for  minutes)

Neutral Expression?

Another image of Sarah today; she shows how a “neutral expression” can be anything but deadpan.

Sarah Elizabeth
(Mamiya 645 Pro TL, 80mm f2.8 .lens, lit with late 1950’s vintage Quartz Halogen movie light, Ilford Delta 400 film shot at E.I. 800, developed in HC-110 Dilution B for 10 minutes)

Expression part 2

Another image of Iryna, this time shot on film, I asked Iryna to show some sadness, and I described a story for her to place herself into. It was amazing how fast she became the character in the sad story; she was feeling the emotion. There is no faking for this kind of expression.

ireyna film009

(Mamiya 645 Pro TL, 80mm f2.8 lens, Tri-x @ E.I. 800 developed in Diafine 3+3, negative scanned and post processed using NIK software)


Yesterday I had an amazing shoot with a young model named Iryna in High Park. It was a glorious day, very welcome after a spate of weather-related cancellations! Most of the shoot was film (until I ran out! I thought I had more with me than I did), so I had to shoot a few digital, so my first post on this shoot will be a digital image, as the first batch of negatives go through their final rinse in my darkroom. I was amazed at Iryna’s ability to create amazing expressions: beautiful, subtle, and entirely believable, over and over again. She instinctively understands that successful modeling is as much about acting and story as it is about posture and pose.


Story and Mystery

This has to be my favourite portrait I’ve taken so far this year, and it’s all because of her eyes and how they tell a story (“she is looking at something”) and yet preserve a mystery (“but what is she looking at?”). Kudos to model Emily for gifting me with such an expression!!

Catching the Expression