Portraits presented in black and white offers a closer connecting with the characters, almost as if the photo offers a gateway into their soul. It feels so direct. Their eyes arrests you and the face makes you linger on each portrait, quite powerful. Those expressions, emotions they present is so...raw, human? Honest? I can’t help being moved by the faces I see. Maybe black and white also makes it look more depressing and sad? it certainly have an additional emotional effect.
The portraits have an close similarity with the excellent portraits Lee Jeffries
makes. In this case I don’t know if there is an background story to the models or not. Some of them looks like it could be; poverty, life struggle, hardship, then again when seeing some of them in colour photo maybe not. Maybe this is the power of presentation in black and white, it makes you draw unwarranted conclusions based on your predetermined assumption on how certain people with problems should look… At least the portraits make you stop and think about it.
These strong and beautiful portraits (I adore the main photo of the cute old person
) are the work of the photographer Jasem Khlef http://jasemkhlef.com/