In a perfect world, I wake with the sun most weekdays, walk out the door and explore villages, forests and ricefields in search of people to portrait. With a camera around my neck, strolling in and out of people’s life’s, looking for a story to tell, I am perfectly happy.
However, take a dive into my portfolio and you’ll find loads of pictures that aren’t portraits. There are landscapes, artworks, and a bunch of travel pics; all of which I sell more than my favorite photo subject. Why is that? It’s simple (and a little silly)…
Most people don’t hang a stranger’s portrait on their wall.
But why won’t you hang a complete stranger in the middle of your living room? Here’s someone you’ve never met, will never meet, and whose name you have no way of finding out (Ketut? Indra? Shaima?) and that disqualifies their portrait from that coveted spot on your wall?
I understand people are hesitant to hang a stranger’s portrait on their wall. However, as you might have guessed, I also have some compelling reasons you totally should do it.
Here they are:
Reason 1: No one else does it
For some of you this will be the weakest reason, for others the best. It all depends on what kind of person you are. Do you want to stand out? Hang a stranger’s face on your wall and you’ll be the talk of the town.
Reason 2: Faces are endlessly fascinating
The reason I love photographing people is that faces endlessly fascinate me. Scroll through my work and maybe you’ll understand what I mean. Eyes are like magnets — they grab your attention in a way almost nothing else can.
Hang a portrait on your wall and you’ll keep wondering about the life behind the face.
Reason 3: It’s a great conversation starter
Everyone is interested in people. Some more than others, but you’ll have a hard time finding someone who just flat out doesn’t care about anyone. When people see a beautiful portrait, they ask about it.
Reason 4: It will make you not boring
Maybe hanging a portrait on your wall doesn’t sound like a great idea to you because many people will ask you uncomfortable questions. However, did you consider that if people wonder about you, it means you’re definitely not boring.
Great job, you just got interesting—and it only took a portrait to do it.
Reason 5: It adds instant character to every room
Whatever else is going on in a room, a breathtaking portrait will instantly bring it to life. That’s what people do—they bring life, even if it’s as a print on your wall.
There are plenty of reasons to hang a portrait of a complete stranger on your wall.
Still not sure? Get in touch and I’ll Photoshop some beautiful examples into your room for free so you can see how it looks.
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