“Deep In Thought” by John Martinotti

As an accomplished fine art photographer my primary goal was to create content of this model that that tells a story. In essence, my work and this project is the art of observation. Meaning I’m not just a photographer, I am a visual narrator using my creativity and experience to communicate a narrative of an image that words cannot sufficiently express that resonates across all platforms and demographics.

In the realm of capturing this model’s true character rather than her mere appearances. For projects like this one, black and white photography has been my chosen medium. It transcends the distraction of color, stripping down to the core of human emotion and personality. This form of artistry brings forth timeless images that speak not just of the model’s attire but of their very essence. It’s a celebration of raw emotion, a testament to the power of simplicity in revealing a profound moment in time in an artistic way.
In conclusion, I see myself as an artist first and a photographer second, my journey has been one of constant evolution. It is a journey of self-discovery, where each portrait reflects not just the subject but her raw artistic character and her soul in that moment in real times.

My best shots may come in a fleeting moment, but they are the product of countless hours of logistic planning and research in making “this project come together.” As a creative force, I continuously seek and refine ideas, shaping them into visual narratives that capture and mesmerize.

What are the TWO most impactful features that make your image a good photograph? Don’t be shy!

  1. Converting Color To Black and White. Transforming color images into monochrome masterpieces is an art in itself. It requires a delicate balance of
    technique and emotion, where contrast and highlights play together to reveal the true essence of the subject.
  2. Importance Of Collaboration. My role as a photographer and creative producer goes beyond just taking portrait images. It involves a careful selection of models who bring depth and authenticity to the narrative. Through a collaborative approach, I work with models to bring out their true selves, capturing more than their physical beauty – capturing their spirit and the essence of contemporary womanhood.

If you could make this photo again, what would be the ONE thing you would like to do better or different?

Research and experiment with more subdued lighting that has a darker narrative to it or photograph on location in a dance studio.

John Martinotti shared this photograph in the FRAMES Facebook Group.


John Martinotti, Vancouver, Washington


Equipment and settings

Canon IDX Mark III, Canon EF 2.8 70-200mm zoom lens, tripod, ND filter -2 f-stops, One Interfit S1 500ws light with a grid soft box. Lighting was semi-hot dure to using an ND filter, so it was f/5.5 with camera set at auto WB. Used MS surface laptop using CaptureOne for tethering. Image itself, f/9.0, 1/160, in rental studio with a white backdrop.

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