Pete Ross is a London based photographer that specializes in portraiture, documentary, travel and landscapes. I will be taking inspiration from his portrait images. They are mainly close up which I think makes the photographs focus more on the subject. They show a wide variety of people and portray a lot of different emotions and invoke different feelings. I feel like the images show the people's personality and behavioural characteristics through facial expressions and/or position. I am focusing on his monochrome series of the Ket Wangi Orphanage as inspiration for my project.
I have chosen to study this set of images as they convey the sort of emotions and atmosphere I would like to show in my own work. I like Ross's technique of blurring the background whilst keeping the face in focus; it makes the viewer study the subject's face whilst still keeping other points of interest in the photograph. I don't think the people in the images were asked to look sad or neutral but that sort of feeling comes across because of the colour. Monochrome images have the ability to tone down emotion in photographs and convey a negative feeling.The colour series of the same shoot have a completely different feel to them; even though the images are of the same people in the same place. This shows the effect colour choices can have on your photographs. (http://www.peterossphotography.com/-/galleries/ket-wangi-orphanage-colour-series). The top 2 images have a solid black background whilst the last image's background is lighter and not just a solid wall. I prefer the solid background as it helps bring more attention to the subject rather than studying other things in the image. It also provides a contrast between the model and the wall. I like this photo set because the images are so simple yet they show so many things to think about.