Sunday, January 01, 2017

30 Years Of Portraiture!


















On some level I have been a photographer my whole life… My first camera being a Kodak Brownie Hawkeye followed by a Canon Pellix given to me by my uncle Peter… Ironically the first ever mirrorless 35mm camera. With that camera I made it through High School and being part of the yearbook staff where I logged a ton of film development and photo development via the chemical bath and since method. After 5 or 6 years of University and moving around to my first few jobs it was 1987 and I picked up a friends Minolta and eventually my own Canon AE1. In the 90s I flirted with Polaroid and Pentax and by the time I moved to Toronto I bought a Nikon F90X which I loved but had to sell when things got tight financially… Entered back into digital with the original Canon Rebel 6.1 MP and then the Canon 50D and now the Canon 7D.

I can not imagine a moment in my life with out a camera and while I have photographed many things it is my work shooting people that brings me the most joy. It was 1987 that I started to pick up work and paid commissions for photos and thus I deemed myself a professional. The work was varied but one thing I began to push myself through the art of the portrait which is by far one of the hardest things to photograph. It's a bit of a personal experience for both the photographer and the individual being photographed. The only way to get comfortable is to push yourself and others through the process… As many of you know I am not a poser, preferring the subject to create moments for me to capture which allows me to get to know them on their own terms and closer to who they really are. It has been an honor to get to know so many individuals and understand their stories and journeys! Many of them I have photographed multiple times over the years extending and deepening those connections. Coming into 2017 in a couple days I will begin a year long celebration of my work starting with my portrait work.

I’ve tried to be inclusive of all of my formal portraits regardless of format… undoubtedly I may have missed a few and if you don’t see yourself it was not intentional and I don’t love you any less!


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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

!0th Anniversary!

Just came to the realization that this puppy has been up and running for 10 years and a few months!  Im in school getting another degree at 55 and somehow the anniversary slipped by!  Thank you to all my followers and new viewers that come in every day!  I really will get back to my regular post shortly!




























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Sunday, October 11, 2015

Website!




























To catch up with the visuals please head to my recently updated website....  Let me know what you think!   www.epiphanynoir.com


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My Apologies!!!!

So much has happened to me in the past 9 months that it has left my head swimming a bit!  I moved to a new home and studio...  spent part of the summer in Michigan and recently started school again! I never stopped shooting but I suddenly realized that blogging took a back seat through all of that thing we call life....  I'm back! And I'll try and jump on here more often! and keep you updated!  For to night please accept my apologies and enjoy this image of Tristan and Victor!






































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Friday, January 30, 2015

Art In The Alley


















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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

VKieta...Model Life!











































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New Link To The Candid Frame

For those who don't use itunes or regularly subscribe to podcasts... Here is an easier way to hear my recent interview with The Candid Frame


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Monday, January 12, 2015

Interview On The Candid Frame



A Great start to this week... The Candid Frame Episode is now up and available on iTunes or your favorite podcast aggregator.... What a blessing it is to be included on this long list of phenomenal photographer interviews...  Much thanks to Ibarionex Perello!




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Friday, September 19, 2014

Victor @ f32!

Like any photographer I have other photographers that I idolize.  There are two I have gravitated to over the years... The first is Herb Ritz... His images more than any other seem to reflect the people being photographed, weather celebrity or model there does not seem to be artifice that some photographers place on their subjects.  As a gay man his imagery of men seem at the edge of a predictable homo eroticisim with out going over the edge thus allowing his work to be appreciated by all viewers.  The second is French photographer Thierry Le Gou├Ęs who's monograph of famous black female fashion models entitled SOUL has served as inspiration of photographing models minus any overt background what so ever allowing the full force of the person shine through in the image.  Ritz's own work in this area with model Dijmon Hounsou have become some of his most iconic.  Tonight and over the next few posts to come I will be exploring this style with my own take in the finished look.  Never before have I thrown so much light or shot above f32 on a subject...  

Tonight I again feature Victor Keita and up and coming model from Toronto... Please go to his Facebook Model Page and give some love to this amazing talent!























































































































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Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Moving Pro Part 2!




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