Wouldn't want to meet that handsome chap in a dark alley! well, in all seriousness, the confrontational onward glare accompanied by the lower lighting immediately makes the viewer feel uneasy. just the feel I'm going for, i want to give the viewer a slight taste of the unease i feel in my job, the loneliness, the awkwardness and this shot gives a fare flavour of them all. I'm still on the fence though for this lighting.
I do not, repeat, DO NOT, want this to be given the redundant tag of ''this shows a dark and light side''. this portrait doesn't, so lets not go there. i gave this a distinct one sided light to give a feeling of motion, let me explain. the view of the subject is ahead, and everything to left is darkness's. on the right however is light, the escape if you will, the need to break the mould and change, only the subject is only just coming to realise this, it is only half apparent to him. this is the motion that i mean. it also gives a feel of loneliness, in the sense that, although yes i do socialise and are around people, this may be superficial (like the light source) and whats really going on has yet to be realised by the subject and the viewer.
This is my personal favourite. once again the light source is more dominant on one side of the figure although is slightly elevated this time. with the peak of the hat blocking out both eyes, you are already locked off from a large part of the subject, by not being able to judge the characters mood through their eyes. again, i don't know, cliche' or not, eyes are a major factor in giving away a story, police use the eyes as a human lie detector, so just think what they do for someone cemented in that moment. as soon as you remove them, you remove the safety of that, and create an enigma. this gives a strong hostile feel to the viewer, again something i was hoping to show in my portrait, something i wanted to someone to look at and not immediately think ''oh i can relate to him''.
Part 2 coming up....