The Insiders: An Intimate Portrait (NSFW)

If for The Outsiders, we need the models to have attitude and empathy, to shoot The Insiders, we need double empathy, trust and a deep feeling of voyeurism as the models are not supposed to act, but feel comfortable in their own private space. The best way is to act as if we were not there: try to minimize your presence, let them be and leave the camera as the voyeuristic tool. As if you’re shooting from outside of the window without them noticing. This, for the intimate portraits inside doors.

by ©Gonzalo Bénard

by ©Gonzalo Bénard

Unless you want them to pose: for that, make yourself as present as the camera, like the creepy series of portraits that Daniela Rossell did of the Rich and Famous Mexican daughters. But let’s NOT talk about that.

We’re talking about intimate portraits of people in their private habitats. No matter if in their living room, bathroom or in their most private intimate place: their own bedroom.

To create a good intimate portrait the best light is natural light coming inside from a side window. That’s the best. And if you can manage to lit just parts of the person, by moving a bit the position of the sun, even better.

Vera Saltzman did a delicious series that she called “Sue and Winnie”, in which she placed women with their dolls, driven by the nostalgia of lost childhood mixed or merged with the idea of mortality.

by ©Vera Saltzman

by ©Vera Saltzman

by ©Vera Saltzman

by ©Vera Saltzman

Giovanni di Mola can be very intimate in his photographs as well, so intimate shooting someone writing at their top desk as shooting someone in the bath. It’s the mood; the feeling of it, and Giovanni does a wonderful job there once he places the cam as if it was not only the photographer’s best friend but the model’s too. There’s a fearless mood in his intimate photographs and portraits.

by ©Giovanni di Mola

by ©Giovanni di Mola

By ©Giovanni di Mola

By ©Giovanni di Mola

Yann Faucher is a bedroom photographer per excellence. And we’re glad that he has that “fetish” as he’s great on bringing the bedroom’s portrait with the owner’s loneliness looking as if their lovers just gone. They all look like asking to themselves “And now what?”

by ©Yann Faucher

by ©Yann Faucher

by ©Yann Faucher

by ©Yann Faucher

Lost in their minds and most of the times abandoned in their bodies, are the volunteers for the series “B Shot By a Stranger, by Gonzalo Bénard, in which you can feel the loneliness captured, not being there: using satellite connections, the photographer doesn’t invade the model’s energy or space bringing that intimacy and privacy in their bedrooms to the viewer. It’s a so voyeuristic series that even the models looking at their own exhibitionism, end up feeling as kind of self-voyeurs when viewers of the final image.

by ©Gonzalo Bénard

by ©Gonzalo Bénard

by ©Gonzalo Bénard

by ©Gonzalo Bénard

by ©Gonzalo Bénard

by ©Gonzalo Bénard

Nan Goldin doesn’t need comments, she belongs there, and she sweats that most private intimacy. She’s there and she’s not, but she puts us in it no matter what.

by ©Nan Goldin

by ©Nan Goldin

by ©Nan Goldin

by ©Nan Goldin

Steven Beckly also closes the triangle of subject, photographer and viewer, making the viewer as voyeur as himself, in his series Single Rooms. We feel there having an immediate contact with the subject through his camera.

by ©Steven Beckly

by ©Steven Beckly

by ©Steven Beckly

by ©Steven Beckly

Not being there, Michael Wolf shots long distance in the most voyeuristic way, bringing some images of people in their private places too, through the windows, as anonymous neighbours.

by ©Michael Wolf

by ©Michael Wolf

by ©Michael Wolf

by ©Michael Wolf

Don’t you feel a bit voyeur when viewing intimate photographs of half naked people in their bedrooms? These photos can attract as they can make us uncomfortable when watching them, once we’re travelling to their private intimate places. And that’s the aim of the photographer, to make the viewer feel what we see. What we feel, being there.

by ©Alex Majoli

by ©Alex Majoli

by ©Jess Dugan

by ©Jess Dugan

text by ©Gonzalo Bénard for 2HeadS
Feb, 2013
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