Portraits · casual portraits · UK in the 70s & 80s · boarding school · mp

Casual portraits

One of the wonderful things about boarding school is the informality with which we talked, communicated between peers. This was particularly useful to try out portraits of schoolmates in various settings. I’m sure a lot more are in the negative/slides stored and these will also eventually surface. Here are a few casual portraits made in varied settings.

This was a self-taught approach, with few books on photography in the art department [Family of Man, Bill Brandt and Exploring Photography (BBC series)] alongside many more art books. The contrasts, the reality, the spontaneity, the sharpness are all aspects I remember from that time. Here are the first few such (more or less) cases of what I call casual photographic portrait.

Technique was basic, and most of the time experimental in terms of film sensitivity developer combinations. But, it was easygoing and enjoyable.