Sometimes it is nice to get away from the self-congratulatory, self-promoting, like me/love me/approve of me* "selfie" (I HATE THAT WORD) pictures of this era, and look at beautiful, unapologetic portraits created by someone as talented as Jacques Sonck. Below you will find some of his portraits that I adore (found here).
Jacques Sonck (b. 1949, Belgium)
Sonck studied photography at the Narafi in Brussels, Belgium.
Sonck makes penetrating street and studio portraits of figures from all walks of life. In his pictures he goes in search of archetypes, creating classical portraits somewhat reminiscent of photographs taken by Diane Arbus. Without judging, Sonck confronts the viewer with various types of individuals: loners, eccentrics, drop-outs and outcasts. Sonck's refined black and white images contain a surprising, often anachronistic aesthetics with remarkable documentary character. Human diversity is depicted in an understated way, without melancholy, compassion, or the intent to ridicule.
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*Note: I participate in the like me/love me/approve of me movement (instagram, facebook, twitter + increasingly infrequent attempts at blogging) that is so pervasive in our society. So I am as annoying as the the people/movement that annoy me. How annoying.