Analog vs. digital Portrait

Digital photography and its development over the last 15-20 years has created enormous possibilities. Especially around portraits, many photographers today can make people look like painted with just one click. Extensive retouching of the skin etc., which used to take hours of work, is now faster and easier than ever.

I may confess, however, that this form of image processing had no appeal to me even then and even less today. The people are much too beautiful and interesting just as they are, with all their rough edges. Wrinkles are not a flaw for me, but rather traces of life that testify to experience. They make us interesting, a photograph exciting and deeper than if you only see a smooth surface.

I find the current return to analog photography even more beautiful. It is celebrating an unprecedented comeback. Old classics like the Leica M6 are being produced again, and new analog films are appearing on the market almost weekly. The charm of analog photography is particularly noticeable in portrait photography. The “imperfect” film enhances, at least in my opinion, the expression of the people even more. A beautiful soft grain flirts and pairs with the small imperfections of the skin and if you allow the film to unfold in all its possibilities through light and shadow, you end up with a photograph that is much more exciting than would be possible with digital photography.

On street in Lisbon