Making Portraits While Inspired

Last spring I spent a day in the Art Institute of Chicago. It is a very inspiring time, and I had my camera with me. After seeing some of the great portraits of the masters I found a couple of busts to try some on. The light was nearly perfect to make an interesting portrait. I have already posted one of the portraits here, but I thought that the matching portrait needed to be shown as well. Sometimes you can be inspired by things that you would never guess could inspire you. I have my go to exhibits at the museum, but I also know that just by walking around you can be surprised.

More About the Bust

This is a bust sculpted by Charles Henri Joseph Cordier in 1848. It is called Bust of Said Abdullah of the Darfour People. If you visit the museum you can find it in gallery 223 up against the back wall. A Trey Ratcliff preset called Gradient Weekend Wine really gives both of the sculpture a cool look that I like.


About Pinola Photo

I am a sports and lifestyle photographer based in West Lafayette, IN home of Purdue University. I cover sports for Big Ten teams as well as other colleges. You can follow me on twitter @pinolaphoto. You can also view my website at

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