Rongomai II

 Posted by on May 7, 2016  Add comments
May 072016
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If you missed it, you can catch my first image of Rongomai, and the story behind it, here.

The earlier image was the one that struck me as being special when I first viewed them and I processed it first and showed it to Rongomai. I told him I thought he looked vulnerable in it. I hadn’t known him long, but I didn’t see him as being vulnerable, and I’m pretty sure he didn’t either. And over the next few days it became the image that was printed and displayed at the tangi (funeral).

This image could be of a completely different person! He’s the so-very-happy Rongomai I met and that everyone knew. I’ve looked at the other image so often I’d forgotten I’d known this Rongomai.

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  7 Responses to “Rongomai II”

  1. I see a great warm person with a twinkle in his eye and an almost smile. You have posed him beautifully. His family are just so lucky to have these.

    I have just had a browse through your photos on this site and there are more portraits there than other subjects. I remember you saying in one post that you were nervous about making people portraits. Well to my eye that certainly doesn’t show as such. To me, all these head and shoulders images show the essence of the person and your ability to put them at ease and create a great portrait. Keep it up. I am enjoying them.

    • Thank you, Barbara. I can assure you the nervousness hasn’t stopped, nor even reduced! It’s like I have this huge scary something in front of me as soon as I decide I want to take someone’s portrait – whether they’re friend, family or stranger. I know it’s not going to bite. I know it won’t even hurt. But it’s a very real something – except of course that it’s not real! As soon as I make that first step, over, around or through ‘it’, and approach the person, I’m absolutely fine. Definitely sounds a bit nutty to me!!

      Actually, having described it to you like this, I think I know what to do about it. I’ll let you know how I get on.

      Thank you very much for your encouragement, and [especially] for causing me to think about it again.

  2. Vicky, this is a stunning portrait. I agree with you – this time Rongomai comes across as a very warm person. But even more, he looks as if he has total trust in you, the photographer. That is not easy to achieve. Very well done.

  3. I look forward to hearing how you do overcome that nervousness. I imagine that we all feel that nervousness when making portraits of people. You may have a lesson for all of us

    • Barbara – my problem’s solved. The big scary ‘thing’ is gone. I’ve tested it out over the past three weeks and I’m absolutely thrilled. It was not a normal shyness or nervousness, but a sub-conscious fear. I won’t go into more detail here, but if anyone wants to know more, message me on Facebook.

    • …. and I meant to add “THANK YOU SO MUCH”, Barbara! If it hadn’t been for your comment about my nervousness I would not have thought about it and put it into words. It was going through that process that lead me to realise it wasn’t normal, and made me do something about it. I’m really excited!

      • That is great news Vicki. Now I am very CURIOUS how to overcome the nervousness of having a big camera (or even a small one) thrust in front of one’s face!. So a FB PM is winging your way soon!

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