Jo Kelly  

Alley Boy by Jo Kelly

November 2020 - Alley Boy

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9 comments posted

Steven Jungerwirth   Steven Jungerwirth
Wow - you are so talented with these portraits! Great exposure/contrasts . . . love the way the dark suit blends into the wall behind. And there is just enough exposure/interest to draw me into the bricks behind, adding a sense of place. The smoke is a perfect addition. Tack sharp focus on the left eye . . . the unshaven face and poorly fitting jacket adds grittiness . . . makes me think of someone around 17 years of age. What was your intent with the redness on his cheek? Cold outside? Alcohol? Acne? The diagonal shape of that patch of color (from his nose to the angle of his jawbone) looks a bit unnatural?

This morning I opened the November 2020 PSA Journal on-line - and saw an image on P 12 that was almost exactly the same as your's! That image (see attached) won First Place and Best of Show! It shows even less of the face . . . more disheveled clothes. It lacks the brick background.

I suspect you're on track for a "Best in Show" picture!   Posted: 11/02/2020 09:13:22
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Jo Kelly   Jo Kelly
Hi Thank you. The red patch on his face was real. I haven't touched it. He is 18 and has a bit of a baby boy glow! The brick texture was made by me and added after. (actually taken on my phone)I did a few shots of him just messing about and I really liked this one. I was worried about the shadow on the left on the picture being a bit dark but I think it suits the picture! :)   Posted: 11/02/2020 10:23:56
Steven Jungerwirth   Steven Jungerwirth
Great job adding the bricks! And I agree - the darkness adds to the "shady" or "alley" feel . . .   Posted: 11/02/2020 16:11:19

Jo Kelly   Jo Kelly
This is another from the shoot   Posted: 11/02/2020 10:49:43
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Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
This is really great work. Congratulations.
Was your model a professional, an amateur, a friend or relative?   Posted: 11/02/2020 23:44:58
Jo Kelly   Jo Kelly
Hi he is part of a theater group that I did some work for. He is also a keen photographer so he has some knowledge of what I was trying to achieve.   Posted: 11/03/2020 00:33:23

Jennifer Marano   Jennifer Marano
Hi Jo,

Wonderful portrait! I especially like the eye contact with the subject, and the hands leading up to the face make a very interesting, inverted triangle effect that I find very striking. Your attention to detail with the added bricks is a very professional touch. I like your alternate shot, also, especially because there is more separation between the subject and the smoke.   Posted: 11/08/2020 10:39:34

Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
Hi Jo!

Gee, your studio work is very good, and like you said, it helps when the model knows what you are looking for.

Beautiful piece!   Posted: 11/08/2020 16:26:40

Dale Yates   Dale Yates
Hi Jo - very impressive photo! Great composition with excellent sharpness and detail throughout. I especially like the sharpness of the left eye with the appropriate catchlight. Excellent work!   Posted: 11/24/2020 18:34:11


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