This is a favourite portrait from 2009. It’s Kim Collier of The Electric Company at the rehearsal space for HIVE, a multi-venue event featuring various projects by the city’s experimental theatre companies. I had just seen The Electric Company’s incredible production of Sartre’s No Exit in the same space and this framing seemed like a good choice. It was also handy!
Though it’s shot on film with a Hasselblad and cropped from its native square format, it is typical of the vertical framing approach I’ve come to use a lot with my digital 35mm camera. I try to use the full frame and find something that adds weight to the composition but that can still be partly sacrificed for text if it’s for an editorial gig. In this case I had the grid and light working as a framing device but the coarse, almost xerox-like feel towards the top completes it somehow.
This was shot for Vancouver Review and was nominated for a Western Magazine Award for best portrait.