I shot this image of my boyfriend on my iPhone and despite it seeming extremely posed, it is actually a candid. I thought this image fits well with my project because in documentary portraiture it’s important that the shots aren’t set up.
The image came out quite grainy originally but strangely I think this worked well because it gives the photo a more nostalgic feel. Tim’s hairstyle and clothes are very 90’s style and I think the lower quality aspect of the photo gives a rustic, film camera grain effect. In documentary photography, you want to bring out these smaller details in the editing, so I left it grainy.
I edited the photo on Snapseed, bringing the saturation up so the blue of the sky pops as well as the red umbrella. I like the lens blur effect to further enhance the subject. If the subject of the documentary photography was how to play with your hair, this would be a great example.
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