The Face Contender: Jamie Brancoccio

Photographer: Jamie Brancoccio

Now that cell phones have become ubiquitous, basically everyone has a camera with them at all times. Despite this, I feel that most people who are not used to being in front of a camera still feel either apprehensive or compelled to pose in some way. Therefore, it’s the honest moment that tends to elude us.

When photographing those we are close to, I feel that there can be a tendency to search for the familiarity rather than the "decisive moment"; just as there can be a tendency to present yourself rather than to "just be" when in front of the camera. In this case, the familiarity helped. My father is well read, well spoken, quick-witted and extremely rational. He was also recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. I wanted to capture something truthful and I knew that any sort of drawn out, elaborate process would be detrimental to that goal.

"Thanks for doing this." He looked up, I hit the shutter and we were done.

Canon EOS 7D, Canon 70-200mm ƒ/4L IS, Yongnuo 560II speedlight, partially collapsed 40" umbrella, ISO 100, ƒ/20, 1/200 sec.

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