Jonathan Robert Willis specializes in location and studio portrait photography. Based in Cincinnati but working nationwide JRW is represented by Kevin Schochat NYC. Jonathan has kicked off this personal exploration. In this project, the idea was to use a hi-powered wind source to misshape and contort the face, as we captured various moments on camera, leaving what is usually completely in our control to chance.
Day one, they shot 11 subjects. The sessions were brief (15 minutes each) since the experience was relatively uncomfortable. The comments came in by the droves and they immediately started locking new participants into the schedule for days 2 and 3. Some of the pictures like the hero are retouched by Patrick White. Days two and three, we shot 14 more subjects.
The challenge here became reinterpreting the same idea and composition to deliver a unique quality or characteristic with each subject. They worked new angles of the face and blower. At the end with critical editing and comparison the photographer was able to turn out 15 great portraits.