Sometimes you find the most unexpectedly, interesting portrait backdrops in the oddest of places! The challenge, of course, is for the photographer to see the possibilities in those locales.
While on location for my portrait session with Ellie, the beautiful (and very cooperative) Chesapeake Bay Retriever, we found this abandoned cinder block building that was just covered in graffiti. Although this was not exactly in line with what Ellie’s mom had requested for her portrait session, I asked if it would be okay to create a few portraits using this unconventional background. The graffiti certainly offered a very different vibe for the portraits than what I usually create for my clients, but I like the results!
The bright colors, deep shadows, hard edges, and texture of the cement make for some very distinctly modern and rather urban portraits—even though we were definitely not in a city. Although this style is not for everyone, the resulting graffiti portraits are definitely conversation starters.