Portraiture by Dragontree: The Dead Bunny Society Lives
Dragontree is a photographic and fine-art framing studio in the heart of the Rosebank art district. We shoot, print and frame. However, the genre of photography that is most dear to us is portraiture. Without fail, a portrait session always results in exploration. It brings surprise, yet also meaningful interactions. Working in portraiture is an organic journey that we find thrilling. It is fascinating how the subjects of portraiture reveal their true selves unintentionally. In consequence, we capture a close resemblance of truth.
Wayne Matthews & Alison Shaw in Profile
We have always wanted to photograph Wayne Matthews and Alison Shaw from Priest coffee shop and gallery. They are also members of the Dead Bunny Society, which aims to create independent exhibition platforms for artists. They are artists themselves, and both reveal their fascination and obscurity. We wanted to capture this on film. And so we did.
Technical Aspects of Portraiture
We kept it this shoot simple, using only a single light and a reflector. After filming, we added the cigarette smoke to create a theatrical mood and interaction between the two subjects (above). We treated each of the three portraits individually, always keeping the mood of the post production in mind. Allison’s soft, slightly vintage effect compliments her personality (below left). In contrast, Wayne wanted a portrait (below centre) inspired by images of American poet Charles Bukowski (below right) by photographer Gottfried Helnwein. The digital grainy manipulation of Wayne’s portrait echoes that of Helnwein’s. Overall, we’re very pleased with the final product. It was a pleasure working with both Alison and Wayne.
Like What You See?
If you are taken by the above images, then send us an email or better yet give us a call. Alternatively, pop by our gallery. We’d love for you to join our portraiture collection.