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Teaching, by Britta Higgins, Scottsdale, Arizona, 2014

Teaching, by Britta Higgins, Scottsdale, Arizona, 2014

Britta Higgins made this striking portrait of me as part of an exercise in portraiture during her field work in a one on one tutorial. She selected an area in a nearby shopping center that was finished in rough hewn stonework. I stood in a spot where light faded into deep shadow, and I was instructing her in the use of spot metering to "paint a portrait with light and shadow." That is exactly what she does here. Britta's portrait captures my enthusiasm for teaching, which I express through gesture and expression. The colors in this image were significantly altered by the vast contrast between light and shadow in the image. I later converted her image to a light sepia tone, which removes those problematical colors and replaces them with a vintage mood, right out of the old west.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III
1/250s f/7.1 at 50.0mm iso100 full exif

other sizes: small medium original
Phil Douglis08-Nov-2015 23:12
So good to hear from you again, Claudia. The day we spent shooting together in Montreal will always be a rewarding memory for me. Thanks so much coming to this picture and saying those kind words.
BleuEvanescence07-Nov-2015 10:31
Alloooo Phil!
So nice to see you again....from a distance but still.
This is a very cool shot of the "teacher forever"...
That is how i like to remember you Phil, from your passage in my town, a teacher for ever
because what you teach is never forgotten.
In this image, i can almost hear your voice and hear the lesson
Britta pressed the shutter at the perfect time, really.
Phil Douglis09-May-2015 20:38
Thanks, Milan, for coming to this gallery and for leaving a comment.
Milan Vogrin09-May-2015 18:37
Great image!V!
Phil Douglis03-Nov-2014 19:14
Thanks so much, Rose. The hands are very important to this portrait -- the hand with the glinting ring gestures emphatically, while the camera is gently held by the fingers of the other hand.That tells us how easily this camera is carried in the hand. It is a worthy successor to the portrait you made of me four years ago in Boise -- time marches on and this image effectively updates its subject accordingly.
sunlightpix03-Nov-2014 03:05
Magnificent portrait! I especially like the glint of your wedding band. V
Phil Douglis02-Nov-2014 22:56
Thanks, Carol and Vera, for your kind comments here. Britta made this image, while I provided the instruction, acted as her model, and did the final post processing on the computer. It was truly a collaborative adventure in portraiture. And yes, the abundant detail plays a huge role here, particularly in defining the textures that speak of both the person and the place. Straw, skin, and stone all combine to express character, mood, and identity. (The image was originally made in color -- you can see that version on display on my Facebook timeline at
veraferia01-Nov-2014 22:58
Splendid work, master!
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