Layer Upon Layer

A Black T-shirt under a charcoal sweater, topped by a wool topcoat. It’s not just the clothing that’s layered in this portrait.

Thick, low clouds made for soft gray light. What few directional rays there were got blocked by the low-rise buildings of lower Manhattan.

The emotions were layered too.

This frame was one of the first which meant that my subject had some natural skepticism that was layered on top of the apprehension of being out early on a Saturday morning.

By the end of the session, most of the layers had been shed.

The clouds dissipated and I was warmed by the sun and by the genial expressions that my now-comfortable subject displayed.

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

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