© 2018 Derek Hudson

Portrait overview

Tom Chaplin, 'The Wave' album artwork
Tom Chaplin, 'The Wave' album CD and vinyl cover
Lars Eidinger as Richard III
Charlotte Rampling
Patti Smith, M magazine cover, Le Monde
Olafur Eliasson
Tim Burton for the Times
William McIlvanney, Sunday Times magazine
William Colby, chief CIA, Life magazine
Philippe Starck for AD magazine
Lady Angelika Cawdor
Vivienne Westwood for Le Monde
John Malkovich
Piérre Soulages, M magazine, Le Monde
Jane Birkin, the Times magazine
U.S. Marines, Life magazine
Vietnam widows, Hanoi, Life magazine
Elmo 'Bud' Zumwalt, Life magazine

Portrait overview

These twenty portraits have been chosen to offer you an insight into my approach to portraiture from corporate assignments to editorial shoots for the magazines I work with. Often working under very tight restraints in terms of time allowed I have kept my lighting set-ups to a bare minimum thereby concentrating on my subjects in order to produce a characterful portrait expressing their personality.

I often rely upon the available ambient daylight using reflectors to shape the light as I want it. I believe that to extract the best from a subject in a brief sitting the minimum of distraction for both the sitter and photographer works best. When afforded the luxury of a lengthy sitting I like to explore my subject with different lighting set-up's often producing unexpected pictures.

In the example of the Tom Chaplin car interior artwork for his latest album 'The Wave', time was of the essence so a very simple set-up was employed with practicals strategically placed in combination with a home made rain machine to give the impression of a nighttime street scene which for me is as complicated as it gets. Having learnt from some of the great masters of photography, Irving Penn, Richard Avedon and the like, that you can achieve great portraits with a single light source, I have strived to follow in their footsteps in my work.

For a broader view of my work please visit the 'Portraits' section of this site.

© Derek Hudson 2018

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© 2018 Derek Hudson