I don’t get to take photographs of men very often. I wish I had more opportunities though. In some ways it’s much more fun to edit images of men as opposed to women. With women, more often than not, the goal is to minimize the appearance of blemishes and wrinkles and make them look as their best self. With men, while the goal is still, of course to try to make them look good, it can sometimes be achieved by creatively emphasizing what could be considered flaws rather than hiding them. Because our modern society has collectively decided that women have to be flawless to look good, while that’s not necessarily the case for men. It’s a sad truth.
Anyway, this first image is of a friend’s husband. He has some awesome freckles and, apparently also lots of tiny red dots under his skin that look like freckles after a certain black and white conversion. Really cool! And then there is the beard stubble that you don’t really notice that much unless, again, a certain type of black and white conversion and high-pass sharpening is applied in Photoshop. I didn’t pose this photo. He was simply goofing around when I snapped the image of him, so I may loose some points for the posing here, but I love the roughness of his skin. I think it suits him.
(50mm, ISO 100, f/5.6, 1/160 sec)
The second image is of a good friend that I took in Sweden this past summer. I took it in the middle of the day, while we were having a late lunch/early dinner at an outdoor seating area of a restaurant. The cigarette in his hand didn’t quite match the mood of the straight out of camera image and his typically kind expression, so I gave him a more sinister look in post processing with darker eye sockets and more pronounced skin texture. And the little added smoke to what was already coming out of his cigarette.
(50mm, ISO 100, f/4.0, 1/400 sec)