Bright & Gritty

Imagine the artist putting the final brush-stroke on a painting.

Voilà, it’s done!

For better or for worse, that’s not the case for digital photography. Of course, there has always been an intermediate step after a negative or transparency was fixed in place.

With digital tools, that “print” process is no longer involves expensive materials. However, it can easily drown an artist who values their time.

Early on with digital, I found a suitable balance between capture and final output. When I’m finished with the session, I go right to the finishing. That allows me to interpret my expression with the essence of the subject still front and center.

There was something about this young woman that struck me the perfect combination of bright and gritty. With this thought in mind, I arrived at a portrait that portrayed her as I envisioned.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.