on dignity and respect in portraiture

The attitude of a photographer has a huge impact on their work and transforms the final product infusing it with that perspective. Like most art, I don’t feel that, even from a documentary standpoint a photograph can dispel all subjectivity to reveal ‘the truth’.

Through the portrait it can be a matter of maintaining what the subject projects or how they feel or masking it and thereby robbing them of their own sense of representation and often of dignity. In striving for the ultimate objective image, one must tread carefully.

While the frame is marked up and a finger presses gently, the photographer should be aware that with the goal of creating distance and disconnect that the perspective of subject doesn’t vanish all together.

Araminta de Clermont is one of those photographers that view’s her subjects as collaborators thereby placing their perspective into the frame.

She says: “My philosophy behind my works is preluding other people’s art.”

All images below are taken by Araminta de Clermont and featured on her website.

jochie and millie, at home

boi boi, zuko and prince, breaktime

Bernadine, Delftrecyclers,


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