“Having explored almost every type of photography that I could, I was drawn mainly to portraiture because of the human connection. It is incredibly important for me to document that connection between two people or between myself and my subject. I couldn’t get that feeling when I was doing landscape or street photography, photojournalism, conceptual work, yearbook photography, or weddings. In portraiture, the people that I photograph teach me so much. No other form of photography has provided me with such a wealth of wisdom about humanity. I always loved the portraits that were done by the master painters like Renoir, Monet, Degas and Cezanne in France, and Vermeer and Rembrandt in the Netherlands and drew technical inspiration from them. My choices of colors, shadows, composition, geometry, can all be traced back to these artists. And I’ve always admired the Cinema Verite movement of cinema that deals with reality as opposed to artificiality, in an almost documentary way. I wanted to create my own sort of “truthful cinema” through my portrait photographs, provocative and yet still observational. I also know quality portraiture is one of the most difficult forms of photography there is, and I love a good challenge.”⠀

Katlyn and Sariviya, 2015 by Sebastian Cvitanic (2/4)

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