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Pharaoh Preston

A musician friend of mine came over a couple of evenings ago in the hope of obtaining some new photos for his Soundcloud account.

We all have a residual self image of how we appear to ourselves and others. Sometimes we are too hard on ourselves, sometimes we want to look like something else.

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When photographing people, not only do I attempt to capture them during a very brief moment in time, but also to show them they are actually more dynamic than they think they are.

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These photos of Pharaoh illustrate the latter concept. People on other sites have been flipping for them, as they never have seen the artists quite portrayed in this manner.

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They will be more staged shots at a later date, but I felt it was important to get these done first. For the record, as scary and foreboding as the gent here looks, he is 5 feet, five inches tall and probably one of the sweetest people you would ever meet.

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It’s all smoke and mirrors. Really, it is all about lighting, angles and the subject. These took about 30 minutes, and were all taken in the same shoot.

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Love to you all,

Ben Bear

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