A portrait is a painting, photograph, sculpture or any other artistic representation of a person, in which the face and the expressions are predominant. The aim is to portray the likeness, personality and mood of the person. A portrait often shows the subject looking directly at the painter or photographer, in order to best engage with the viewer.
This is what makes portrait photography more than just a click or a snapshot, but a composed image of a person in a still position and that is exactly what these awesome portraits taken by photographer Christian Gaul are.
The shots below are of people who touched the photographer’s soul in one way or another and you can see just how personal they are to him by the expressions on their faces.
It is portraits like these that capture the real essence of a person an immortalize it in a photograph preserving that moment for years and years to come.
We love Christian Gaul’s work, in particular his fashion editorial shot at Cidade de Deus in Rio de Janeiro, featuring stunning Brazilian models at home, all perfect skin and faultlessly styled.
These images really make us want to pick up our camera too and see the world through its lens instead.
“I have always noticed that in portraits of really great writers the mouth is always firmly closed.”
– Gertrude Stein
All images courtesy of Vimity.com and Christian Gaul.