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American Portraits: No. 9 by Nullermanden American Portraits: No. 9 by Nullermanden
April 11th, 2007
Boston, Massachusetts

'Cynthia'


Roaming the streets of Boston with ~Mr-Snow, looking for innocent people to photograph, I spotted this lady on the other side of the street, just finishing off a cigarette during her break. I crossed the street, barely managed to squeeze myself through a small crowd of people, and caught her attention just before she went back inside. After a quick introduction, a click and a handshake, she went through the doors and back to work.


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:iconkimi-op:
kimi-op Featured By Owner May 14, 2011
woow her eyes are soooo awesome.
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JabLab Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2010  Professional General Artist
You are good at making contact and communicating. Great photos.
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Halfshavenbananas Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2008
Reminds me of the Oracle from the Matrix. Unreal.
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Deeevilish Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
wow :omg:
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kittehkisses Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2007
*sorry, not only, but why three out of fifteen?
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:iconnullermanden:
Nullermanden Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2007
No particular reason, just haven't come across as many interesting looking women as men :)
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:iconkittehkisses:
kittehkisses Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2007
this is my favorite of the series, but is there a specific reason why this is the only woman?
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ironii Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
All of these are just amazing photographs.
I love them all!

Keep up the good work. :)

Cheers from Sweden.
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burgisdawoh Featured By Owner May 21, 2007   Photographer
breath taking shots! you have a special effect lens for this one?
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:iconnullermanden:
Nullermanden Featured By Owner May 21, 2007
Nope, I just have a Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 : ) Damn good lens :nod:
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:iconburgisdawoh:
burgisdawoh Featured By Owner May 22, 2007   Photographer
you really have great techniques, i have to say im quite speechless with your shots... hehehe,i want to buy new lens... do you have any tips you can share? or maybe gadgets im may need,id like something more versatile for starters, i more into protraits, glamour shots and all... im still new to this stuff, but im so damn willing to dig deeper... hehehe
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Nullermanden Featured By Owner May 22, 2007
I'd definitely recommend the Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8. It's pretty versatile; a bit of wideangle and a bit of zoom, really fast and sharp, and not that expensive.

Very interesting gallery, by the way... very intense.
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:iconburgisdawoh:
burgisdawoh Featured By Owner May 25, 2007   Photographer
ok thanks! someones offering me a
70-300mm f4-5.6 telephoto lens you think i could use it? what kind of shots are ideal for that type of lens?

thanks! for the complement, id like to hear some advice with my shots though...hehehe
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:iconnullermanden:
Nullermanden Featured By Owner May 29, 2007
That lens would probably be good for street-photography. It is a bit slow though (I personally have an f/2.8 70-200mm) :shrug:
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burgisdawoh Featured By Owner May 31, 2007   Photographer
ok thanks!
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neilhr Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
very nice! interesting face
i did a quick sketch of her [link]
great shot
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OfTheWoodsStudio Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
you should make prints
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OfTheWoodsStudio Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
I love it the average american
how you just go for the aveage working person
there eyes look like they could tell meny storys
your work has gave me insperation
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proama Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
:)
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ErinB77 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2007
It's amazing how beautiful these faces seem to be when you photograph them. Walking past these people on the street, I would never stop long enough to notice the beauty of a face like hers. You capture it so well.
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gabrysiowa Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
She looks like a teacher :D
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Girolamo Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2007
you should post the .PSD of one of these, unless you think its a bad idea...
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TwelveStep Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2007
She looks so stern!
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Hoodwinkstar Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
I was in Boston the other day, too bad I didn't run into you...hehe..

I like this one a lot:)
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BeyondTheShadows Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2007
wow i read the first page of comments and so far like 3 people asked for the original. i'd watch out lasse

anyway...amazing job once again
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AsHaCaT Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2007   Photographer
hehehe i think im not so brave to ask about to take pics ^^ i love your work, maybe someday... ^^ i would like to have a serie about european people, maybe we can compare between them :D

Keep going on :hug:
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EllaNutella Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2007  Student General Artist
Haha, I get all hyper when I see an American Portraits in the devwatch thingy. I feel like I'm reading a book. I've said it before, but it still stands true: You can capture anyone's simple, everyday life and make it seem so interesting through a portrait.

Now this lady...she's looking up at you and she's givng you this "Yeah. That's right." look with this almost-smile (That's how it looks to me, at least!). It's both frightening and curiosity-bumping (or whatever the term is...I'm asleep, pretty much. Curiosity peaking? Incuriositing?...)Hat and earrings say tons, too.

Very nice.
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MissusHow Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2007  Student Artist
I love the eyes in all of your people's pictures. They're so shiny and full and life.
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MissusHow Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2007  Student Artist
I love the eyes in all of your people's pictures. They're so shiny and full and life.
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ForgiveVal Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2007
I like it but I feel like it's just so edited that it actually takes away from the photo? Less genuine, you know.
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abwhore Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2007
Oooh you're from Denmark? I was just there a few months ago.

And just wondering, did anyone ever freak out when you asked them to take a picture?
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:iconnullermanden:
Nullermanden Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2007
No, but I've had a couple of people either ignore me or just go "No!". Most people are nice though.

One guy slapped me :P
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freesky Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2007
very nice shot...love it
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rachapunk Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
You seem to be getting quite the wide range of comments on this one :P

I think the whole series so far has been great, though I think this particular portrait may be a bit darker than I'd like.
Still an amazing job :)

Looks like you got another woman portrait too ;)
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Bambiman Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2007
This is great! I absolutely love all of your photography :D
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angleofrepose Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2007
PLEEEEASE do a tutorial on how to mimic these effects. I've been paining many hours trying to recreate it. At least show me a screengrab of how your layers pallete looks!
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95101 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2007   Writer
Would you like my honest opinion?
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:iconnullermanden:
Nullermanden Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2007
You know I do (as much as it will probably sting :P)
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95101 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2007   Writer
I think it's good that you're doing a portrait series on something, but as I've seen so far, they appear too heavily retouched to be taken too seriously.

The editing maintains a sense of authorship at the expense of belief. The focus is far more on the neat technique you're using than anything else. This is problematic, since using this on multiple subjects reduce them, as individuals, to nothing more than stand-ins for a effect.

I look at these portraits and I notice the stylization first. That may work for fashion and commercial, but even then a message must be communicated at the very least just as effectively.

I would cite the creative approach of Leibovitz in respects to maintaining authorship without sacrificing the character of her subjects. This she does quite successfully, as has been emulated in many forms, but ultimately the end result is the same: the story, the person, carries the photograph and the lighting or techniques are merely pluses.

I only say this because I know you can make better, more expressive work.
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Aukon Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2007
The tone and detail on her face is well presented here. :nod:
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Girolamo Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2007
hehe i already saw this one!
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ACSolha Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Interesting as you darken the laterals of the photo and put the light in the main subject. This gives an incredible force to the photo and it becomes it special. All photographed earn, or have enhanced, a special brightness in theirs eyes.
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dareme Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2007
There is something about the way you photograph that makes each and every photograph special, lyrical and absolutely fantastic.

Did you get her adress or something to send a copy to her or something? If it was me, I'd sure want one. =)
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satanic57 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2007
These portraits are really nice and powerful I'm just concerned with how much editing you're doing! This one looks quite overly edited t me.
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Nullermanden Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2007
And that comes from you? :lol:

Just kidding :giggle:

Tell me what you think looks overly edited then : )
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satanic57 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2007
Are you kidding me? The majority if not all my editing is just in colours! Well to be honest if you can't tell yourself then just forget it.. would like to see the originals though! Hope you don't mind that I'm being honest.
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Nullermanden Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2007
Of course I don't. You know I love you :P

And, well... That's the style I'm gonna keep these portraits in. I still have the originals, so maybe some day when I'm older and more experienced, I can make them 'not so edited' ;P

And I'd like to show you one, but my lappy doesn't have internet right now (public pc here), so no uploading :oops:
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dawnEarly Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2007
i don't think she liked you she has that "just wait til you're done with this pic :threaten:" look
:lol:
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magezt Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2007
It`s getting more and more boring. Did you say, this series is "American Portraits"? Yes, there are a lot of portraits, which contain american people...but i think, you`ve forgotten their storys...well...and I still miss more differente persons...if you know what I mean...
anyway...great work;) keep it going.
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Nullermanden Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2007
"It`s getting more and more boring."

"great work;) keep it going."

Make up your mind, dude :lmao:

And what do you mean with 'forgotten their stories'? You want me to tell more about the people...? Cause I'm focusing on the face itself here.
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