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That Candid Moment before the Mask

perfect imperfection before the stage is set

​  Staging a portrait is literally that – putting someone on a stage to act out a role that portraits themselves. Just too aware of the camera and the attached intruder, any natural gesture gets banned behind masks that bear questionable resemblance to genuine human emotion.

To me, the epitome of portrait candidness is the short-lived obliviousness before the stage is set and it thrives on the imperfection of anticipating the "picture-perfect" moment.

"[…] portrait candidness is the short-lived obliviousness before the stage is set and it thrives on the imperfection of anticipating the 'picture-perfect' moment."