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When I draw at parties I always have my little Canon at my side. It handles well and is unobtrusive. When the drawing is finished I turn it around with my right hand for the “victims” to see. The little Canon is in my left hand. I quickly raise it and click the shutter. This maneuver has to go very fast because that precious reaction lasts only a fraction of a second. What makes it precious is that it is uncontrolled. It is, dare I say, a moment of truth. They throw their heads back, they drop their jaws, they howl. When that split-second of truth is over, they collect themselves and make nice for the camera.  Too late, I gotcha!

Here are some examples of the moment of truth from the Wedding in the Park (previous post).























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The next few posts will come out of this fantastic picnic I did in October for Intelligrated Systems.   I’ve decided to devote an individual post to one drawing and one subject, either couple or individual.  They all deserve this individual attention.  In fact, the event as a whole is filed in my memory under, TOPS, IDEAL, BEST.

I used to ask people to hold up the drawing under their chin so that I could get a record of both the face and the drawing as a way of documenting how I capture a likeness.  In the last couple of months I’ve adopted a different tactic.  Now I shoot the drawing while it’s still on the drawing board.  Then I turn the drawing around with my left hand and snap the shutter with my right.  This way I get the moment of truth, the moment when they react to the drawing without a trace of  self-consciousness.  I tell you, there’s nothing shallow about the caricaturing business.

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