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01/31/2005: "No Title"

johnmoody (49k image)

Police interrogation? Mentally disturbed? Depression? None of the above...

John used to sit for me a lot. I shot so many pictures of John that one year I made a 40 page portfolio of his pictures and gave it to him for Christmas. It's been a long time since I've shot him though. We don't really talk anymore.

camera/film: Hasselblad ELM, 150mm. Agfachrome 1000 (discontinued).
lighting: (1) 100 watt light bulb.

Replies: 11 have commented

I dont like how I cant see his eyeballs. Love your blog!

Mythots said @ 01/31/2005 10:11 AM PST

The shadowing of his eyes is rather off-putting, but that's what makes it interesting, in my opinion. You don't get that "window into the soul" that we're used to having to read an expression. Very intriguing.

Maura said @ 01/31/2005 10:15 AM PST

This is one of the only portraits I've EVER done where you can't see the persons eyes. There's a little highlight there, but it's still not enough to see his eye. It makes me uncomfortable to look at it, but that kinda enhances the feeling of the picture for me. I have others from this same roll of film where you can see his eyes, but they didn't cause any emotional reaction for me like this one did.

Brooks said @ 01/31/2005 10:40 AM PST

Yep. That's a keeper. My first thought was that he was humming along to some song that meant a lot to him. A deep, spooky kind of humming, of course.

rock grrrl said @ 01/31/2005 01:04 PM PST

Great expression, sense of intensity. The dramatic lighting adds to the mood of the photo.

matt said @ 01/31/2005 06:36 PM PST

Do you not really talk anymore because John tried to kill you and this was a shot of him on death row?

John looks like he needs a hug.

Megan said @ 01/31/2005 08:21 PM PST

Having no catch light really makes the mood of the image. But confused about the guy having no shirt on and the leather jacket. It's a contrast that I can't figure out right away.

Mona said @ 01/31/2005 11:59 PM PST

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nellooo said @ 02/01/2005 04:50 AM PST

Is it just me or does he bear a striking resemblance to Bob Seager?

By the looks of it, he looks like he's got "Turn the page" playing in his head and he's doing a little air guitar thing...

Okay, I brought out my imagination to play...I'm going to go and put it back again.

Sorry you had to witness that.

Shannon said @ 02/01/2005 06:11 AM PST

duuuuuuuuuuude...how very Dawn of the Dead of you. Mmmm, love that spooky stuff. You rock, nizzle. Ps, I sent you an email last week from mikes addy, you prolly spammed it yo

Alli said @ 02/01/2005 09:23 PM PST

I love it.
Beauty and passion in the raw human figure.
As an abstract artist I have appreciated the feedback you have received from this photo. Everyone must put a purpose behind the photo in order to allow themselves to understand it. The real understanding is in the feeling, not the knowing.
I've added your site to my favorites.

Debra said @ 02/06/2005 08:28 PM PST

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