Photographer Andy Gotts has finally given us some more of those images he took when he shot RA earlier this year.
Let’s say one thing here – Armitage is remarkably un-vain when it comes to photo shoots. I wouldn’t really say that these pictures depict him at his most attractive… *ahem* Or rather: the grimaces don’t depict him at his most attractive.
Otherwise he seems to be in the bloom of his years at the moment *sigh* Gotts is 100% right of course – let your subject fool and play a bit before you shoot them, and it makes them feel much better in front of the camera. It’s a phenomenon I encountered when I took pictures of my kids. They were quite sheepish when I took some portraits of them, but when I told them to grab some props and pose as outrageously as they wanted, they came up with stuff like this.
So yeah, take it from Gotts – and try it with your own family.
I have to say, the best thing about that IG post is actually the little accompanying text. It always, *always* delights me to the utmost when I read complimentary things about RA. “Admirable Armitage”. A non-diva who doesn’t need a whole load of fuss in order to do a photo shoot. Who completely lets loose in front of the camera. Well, yes, a pro. But also a pro in the sense that he is aware of the photographer’s work and doesn’t make it harder for the tog by being difficult and obstructive.
Well, now I am more than curious to see what the other “moody” photos are like. I hope Gotts will show them, soon.