Friday, November 25, 2011

"Smile"


Kiev, Ukraine

© Dan Denardo Photography

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If you’ve followed my work, perhaps you’ve noticed that smiling is rare in my photos. If someone is happy and smiling, that’s great...I'll gladly capture that. If they’re not smiling, I will rarely ask them to. Why would I want them to paint on an expression that is not heartfelt? I would much rather record their true mood at that moment.

Let's go back in history to the time of classic portrait painters like Rembrandt, Goya, Vermeer and DaVinci. Have you ever noticed any of their subjects smiling? They sought to capture the essence of their subject...their character. More often than not, the expression was neutral; neither inviting nor forbidding. It gives us room to interpret, to think...and to draw our own conclusions.

To me, smiling in most people shots is much like American pop culture – superficial. Laughter is real, as is anger and frustration. Why not keep it real? It’s not that I don't like smiles or smiling. I am, however, growing tired of the superficial smile that people (especially children) switch on nowadays…. usually after being asked to say “cheese” for the five-thousandth time. In fact, some “smiles” are not smiles at all. The lips part to reveal teeth in a way that doesn’t look the slightest bit natural or joyful.  It's a put-on. How do I know?


Their eyes aren’t smiling.

It's a smile that isn't true.

Jus' sayin'...


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Thursday, November 24, 2011

A Thanksgiving Blessing


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Come, Lord Jesus, our guest to be
Bless these gifts Bestowed by Thee.
Bless our loved ones everywhere
and keep them in Your loving care.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Takin' a Snooze


A resourceful Honduran hound-dog.

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Santa Rosa de Copan

© 2011 Dan Denardo Photography

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Faces of Honduras - Four


This is one of the sweetest ladies I have ever met.  She had a little table set up in an outdoor market and was selling fruit.  I could not speak a word of her language and she couldn't speak a bit of mine...yet we could gesture, laugh and give a hug.

Connecting with someone does not 
require sharing a language. What they say is
fraction of what they are communicating.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Faces of Honduras - Two


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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Lunch Bucket


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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

The National Pastime...


...in Brazil

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

October 2011

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Monday, November 7, 2011

Feed Me


(click on photo to enlarge)

Santa Rosa de Copan, Honduras

September 2011

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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

A Difficult Existence


While in Honduras last week, I was reminded how blessed I am. The man above has a cane in one hand (fashioned from a stick) and a machete in the other hand.

I learned a statistic that I found both shocking and sad regarding emergency room visits in Honduras.  Most emergency visits in Honduras are caused by two things (in this order):

1.  Unintentional machete accidents.
2.  Intentional acts with machetes.

Welcome to the real world.....the world outside our privileged existence...

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