Sunday, December 11, 2011

6th Year Charcoal Portraits

Photographs by Lee Jeffries

These Impressive black and white portraits full of emotion by Lee Jeffries provided the perfect subject matter for charcoal portraits. Lee Jeffries lives in Manchester in the United Kingdom. Close to the professional football circle, this artist starts to photograph sporting events. A chance meeting with a young homeless girl in the streets of London changes his artistic approach forever. Lee Jeffries recalls that, initially, he had stolen a photo from this young homeless girl huddled in a sleeping bag. The photographer knew that the young girl had noticed him but his first reaction was to leave. He says that something made him stay and go and discuss with the homeless girl. His perception about the homeless completely changes. They become the subject of his art. The models in his photographs are homeless people that he has met in Europe and in the United States: "Situations arose, and I made an effort to learn to get to know each of the subjects before asking their permission to do their portrait." From then onwards, his photographs portray his convictions and his compassion to the world.

 Aoife Sharkey
Each of the students chose a photograph to reproduce using charcoal. They created their portraits by blacking in their page with charcoal and then working back into the page using an erasing technique. They used putty to take the charcoal back off the page for the highlights and slowly the faces emerged from the darkness.
Here are the results

 Helen Campbell

 Christina Lynch
 Hannah Clayton
 Megan Clarke
 Stephanie Smith

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