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Tanner Todd, Untitled, 2020, digital photograph, post-processing in photoshop

This media file is attached to: Paragon Arts Gallery Student Exhibition Online 2020

This was created as part of portrait/self portrait project where I explored the role of a subject's gaze in portraiture. Over the course of this shoot I experimented with different ways of framing the subject's line of sight in order to convey a specific feeling in the viewer. After several attempts, I arrived at this image. The subject leans against a fence which forms a leading line to her eyes, which are in direct contact with the camera. Combined with photograph's composition and the black-and-white format, the direct eye contact with the camera attempts to establish a direct emotional connection with the viewer.