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an amateur photographer who takes pictures of people, objects and nature

The cute girl with the beautiful eyes

Saturday, May 4, 2024

Capturing the Essence of Spontaneity: A Photo Shoot with “The Cute Girl with the Beautiful Eyes”

Photography often brings out the unexpected beauty in fleeting moments, particularly when the session is as unplanned as it is genuine. Recently, while tidying up my home studio, I found myself inspired to grab my camera and capture the essence of spontaneity. With just a 90 cm octa softbox and a Godox AD100Pro flash, set to ISO 100, F6.3, and a shutter speed of 1/250 sec, I embarked on what would become a memorable shoot.

The star of this impromptu shoot was “the cute girl with the beautiful eyes,” who only steps in front of the lens once in a blue moon. Despite her usual reluctance, the comfort of the familiar, cluttered space seemed to put her at ease. Before long, her genuine expressions began to surface, each one adding a layer of depth and intrigue to the photos.

In a deliberate nod to the timeless allure of film, I chose to render these images in grainy black and white. This style not only pays homage to the classic era of photography but also enhances the emotional and visual texture of the photos.

The grainy effect introduces a layer of nostalgia and drama, echoing Susan Sontag’s sentiment that black and white photos are “more true than reality,” capturing a more profound and timeless perspective.

Black and white is “more true than reality,” offering a more dramatic and timeless interpretation of subjects.

Susan Sontag in On Photography

This impromptu photo shoot serves as a beautiful reminder of how simplicity can lead to profound outcomes. It highlights the beauty of capturing natural, unguarded moments, especially with someone who embodies a unique blend of youth and timelessness.

Next time chaos presents itself, it might just be the perfect opportunity to create something unexpectedly beautiful. After all, it’s these spontaneous captures that often become our most cherished memories.

And …because there’s more to life than just black and white, Saul Leiter once remarked :

I am attracted to color because it poses problems, and that’s what I like.

Saul Leiter