I made this portrait of Deva during a studio lighting workshop I was giving this morning. I was teaching classic lighting styles and ratios when I went off script because I got an idea of trying to light her with reflective light off of a mirror that was placed below her. I am deeply honored and humbled by the gift of her willingness be vulnerable for my camera in front of an audience.
I feel emotion when I look at this image. It feels sincere and authentic. I broke the composition and lighting rules I was teaching but I was instantly satisfied with the decision. As I reflect on the image now I feel it represents the concept of spiritual faith and a powerful inner strength that comes from the enduring human spirit. Faith comes from the light shining above and strength emanates out of the depths of our experiences.
I admire photographers like Dave Heath, Irving Penn and Michel Comte, and more recently Platon who have this ability to draw out emotion in iconic ways. I think I am getting there with this image.
To see more images from this photo session click here.