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Senghor Reid

Posted by
Ralph Jones (Detroit, United States) on 15 September 2011 in Business & Industry and Portfolio.

Mission Statement:
To document the city in an attempt to inspire an appreciation and understanding of the uniqueness of Detroit, her buildings, and her people.

So much of what I do never gets published here. I was updating my resume and client list the other day when I decided to post some of the images I have done commercially.
Senghor Reid is a painter, photographer, film maker, writer and educator. This portrait was done to document the artist and his work at The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, it was also used by Blac Magazine.

Speramus meliora; resurget cineribus.
We hope for better things; it will arise from the ashes.

Mission Statement:
To document the city in an attempt to inspire an appreciation and understanding of the uniqueness of Detroit, her buildings, and her people.

Speramus meliora; resurget cineribus.
We hope for better things; it will arise from the ashes.

http://www.ralphjones313.com/

Zorilla from H, T & E, United Kingdom

It's interesting that as a commissioned portrait this is all about the artist and not much at all about the art. I wonder how differently your eye would have composed the scene if you were taking it for yourself

15 Sep 2011 9:48am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Very strong portrait, Ralph - the intensity you capture in his eyes is remarkable - certainly an artist's eyes! Splendid backdrop as well.

15 Sep 2011 11:54am

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

A wonderful portrait of this very talented artist Ralph! I wonder what he thinks of Lucy's paintings!! ;-))

15 Sep 2011 11:56am

@Eric Cousineau: :)

Mariana M. from Waterloo, Canada

nice portrait of rather ordinary face ;)

15 Sep 2011 12:17pm

@Mariana M.: I have a feeling that this is a face that many people will recognize in the not too distant future. http://wdettv.org/video/3948/senghor-reid

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

Great portrait - his eyes are so expressive, and that colorful background lights up the whole thing with a touch of playful energy.

15 Sep 2011 2:13pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Beautiful portrait ,Ralph...I am really intrigued by his expression which shows a determined confidence , I think...I will check out the link ...Thi si a great shot and your Tigers are lookin' good...Barbara's mom was a lifelong Tigers fan..she is probably smiling in heaven now ;-) Lions kickked butt last week...hopefully they will continue...it would be great to see them in the playoffs ;-)

15 Sep 2011 2:32pm

@Denny Jump Photo: Man the Tigers are playing like they just can't loose! Last night down 3 runs in the bottom of the 9th, no problem, I think they have had 3 walk off homes runs in the last 5 games. I don't know if you are a Philly's fan or not but if you are we may be exchanging trash talk in a few weeks. And there is good reason to be excited about MY beloved Lions, life is good!

DowsherVision from PARIS, France

Wonderful light and colors, this is a beautiful natural portrait. I like the neutral expression on the man face contrasting with the dynamism of this picture !!!!!!!!

15 Sep 2011 3:28pm

Mariana M. from Waterloo, Canada

I do not know who is he or if he is going to be famous or not , I am talking about portrait of an ordinary looking man ! Portrait is clean, nice, but this face is really not interesting to me . Too plain !

15 Sep 2011 3:57pm

@Mariana M.: I understand.

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

I like the Phillies, Giants, Astros , American League is open except not a big fan of the yankees or red sox either one..too uch yacky talk between the two of them..so if you will allow, I will be HAPPY to climb on the Tigers bandwagon at least until they neet the Phillies or Giants ;-)...Hell, maybe even then!!

15 Sep 2011 4:18pm

@Denny Jump Photo: Denny I am personally reserving a seat for you on the Tigers bandwagon. As for the Lions, well unless you stayed on during 0 & 16.....

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

Nice shot...he gazes as if he is looking at the future. The background is wonderful (and matches his shirt. ;-)

15 Sep 2011 4:49pm

foto forte from Phoenix, United States

I like this, Ralph....I am assuming that is his work in the background (duh:) ) and I like how you placed him in front and focused on him....it gives the impression, correctly, of his world. Nice work! Are you a photojournalist? Freelance? Do you have another site where you have more of your work?

15 Sep 2011 4:49pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

The backdrop really livens up this composition without detracting from the artist. Good choice for DoF. A very nice well-rounded face he has. You may be excited about your beloved Lions, but they still have to beat the Bears. ;-)

15 Sep 2011 4:58pm

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

Such a bright future ... the whites of his eyes are sooooooooo clear and your selective focus worked so well with the beautiful background. Thanks for sharing the short video, Ralph.

15 Sep 2011 5:40pm

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

An interesting portrait

15 Sep 2011 6:58pm

Sandy Weston from Maine, United States

I love your portraits and especially love the background in this one! The colors on his jacket collar make him blend with the background....very nice Ralph!!

15 Sep 2011 9:03pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

A fantastic portrait, with this direct eye contact and a groovy background.

15 Sep 2011 10:56pm

LauraS from Chico, United States

Serious photo. Love the art in the background and your composition.

16 Sep 2011 3:48am

k@ from Paris, France

An excellent dof for this colorful portrait.

18 Sep 2011 8:48am

Gary from Cochise County, United States

Wow, Ralph. This is really good. I knew you showed your work at galleries but didn't know you were doing it commercially. It should have been a no-brainer for me, knowing the quality of your work. Good for you!

18 Sep 2011 9:18pm

David from Detroit, United States

Great portrait. The depth of field is great, and the bokeh on the colored background is a perfect counterpoint to the subject's straight-ahead, sharp focus on the face.

19 Sep 2011 1:19am