2-10-14 Intimidating

“There is a stubbornness about me that never can bear to be frightened at the will of others. My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me.”

Jane Austen

“It sends out a very clear message: “Mess with us and we’ll do something worse than kill you. We’ll kill your children.”

Suzanne Collins

“If you want to control someone, all you have to do is to make them feel afraid.”

Paul Coelho

The assignment for Amy Arbus’ class this week is to make three portraits of someone intimidating. It can be the same person 3 times in different positions or three different people.  They must be moving (although note that the class is called the Fleeting Moment so they can be small “micro-movements”.) This is probably going to turn out to be the most difficult assignment for me It is not that I do not find some people intimidating, it is just that those people who can intimidate me tend to be the people who REALLY do not want their picture taken. If it was a month between classes I could find someone and, at least, neutralize some of the hostility but in a week: Not so much. Now, we can find people who intimidate others which is what I have ended up doing. I am not sure that has the same gut level effect on the photographs.

This is what I have been able to come up with so far. Hey I still have 22 hours until class!




4 responses to “2-10-14 Intimidating

  1. Here’s my worthless two cents.

    You’re not going to capture this in a staged photo. My most intimidating moments in NY were in regular places. A leather repair shop. A corner liquor store. A yoga class (really, that was my most intimidating moment EVER in NYC.) Go to a foreign (to you) neighborhood, and do the things you usually do. Summon your theater background and snap away and knock the panties off of Amy Arbus. Figuratively speaking. 🙂

    • Not worthless at all. Very accurate in fact. Sadly making a living and digging out automobiles has severely cut into my travel and shooting time so I cam going to have to go with what I get. Next week though…I am going to kill. “make three portraits of your dark side”

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