The new book by John Elias has just hit the shelves. It promises to be an exciting read. I can't wait to get a hold of my copy. I shot this cover a few months back now and I knew it would be a great one.
John was really good to photograph, he was easy to relax and a very willing sitter.
I always approach a portrait with the moral that I will not put myself into the image.
In my mind if you do this the subject then becomes a reflection of the photographer. So this then no longer becomes the person being photographed. A portrait should be a reflection of that person at that moment.
I love the fact that we all have moods, we may be happy, sad or just plain uninterested. All of these add to a true portrait, as a photographer I try to capture this rather than mould it to suit my needs or a preconceived idea. This can still work in the realms of the commercial world you just have to make the sitter comfortable enough to be themselves.
The book cover was designed by Luke Causby at Blue Cork and is published by Pan Macmillan.
It's out now and should be available in all bookstores!