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Michael Skolosh – Black and White Portraits

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Michael Skolosh – Biography

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My name is Michael Skolosh. I’m a single father of two children.

I’ve been interested in photography all of my life, and recently graduated from The New York Institute of Photography. While I was enrolled at the school, I was given a merit award for my portraiture. I like to shoot all types of images, with a specialty in portrait and model photography.

The main reason I love photography is that it’s the only way that we can stop time!

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Michael Skolosh – Black and White Portraits

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My Space self portrait

Michael Skolosh. Self portrait, where I wanted to have some fun. Most people think it was created in photoshop, but the camera is actually hanging by fishing line from the ceiling!
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Joan and Clay

Joan Edwards. This portrait was purchased as a Christmas gift for her husband. I
especially love the backlighting on the fur stoll and her hair.
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Jordan and Katey's Wedding

Justin. He was a ringbearer at Jordan and Katey Baums wedding. I took this picture in between formal portraits before the wedding. Most people pick it out as one of their favorite images in my port!
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Beck family pics

Sarah. This image was taken during a family portrait session.
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Eric's portrait

Eric Mitchell. A local bass player who wanted a picture that showed what he likes to do. A very dramatic image, shot with a single light using a 20 degree grid. I’ve sold a lot of portraits because of this one.
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Creative light

Michael skolosh. A self portrait, I shot this one on a morning that I was bored and wanted to try out some different ideas and looks. I use it as my default on my space.
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26 Responses to “Michael Skolosh – Black and White Portraits”

  1. Doroteja says:

    I love these B&W portraits. All are full of emotion and there’s a feeling of drama in each. All are very unique because of the pose and/or lighting. My favorite from this series would have to be “Sarah” because it’s such an honest portrayal of a young girl. Your self portraits are also very interesting. :) Do you happen to have a deviantart.com account?

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  2. Evoltage says:

    I gotta say that the pictures with guitars in them are just awesome. Very dramatic and wow. Dont know how else to say it. SOme very nice work. I wish you all the best in the future.

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  3. Thanks for your comments Doroteja!
    Sarah’s pictures turned out as well as i could have expected. She didn’t seem like she really wanted to get her picture taken that day! HaHa I don’t currently have a deviantart account yet, but i will definitely look into it. Thanks!

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  4. Hi Evoltage!

    Thanks so much for your comments on my B&W images. I wish you all the best in the future as well!

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  5. Joshua says:

    These black and whites are absolutely amazing. The lighting is out of this world! What type of camera do you shoot with?

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  6. Karen says:

    I love the human quality of the photos. They are not overly artistic so that they feel posed or staged. It looks like the subjects are very comfortable with Michael. Great work!

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  7. aparna says:

    I was really fascinated towards your photos… your black and white photos have attraction for the people who are fashioned about photography.

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  8. Thanks Joshua!
    All of these images were taken with a Nikon D80 and Alien Bee studio lights. I’ve since upgraded to a Nikon D2x, just because it’s more durable for everyday use.

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  9. John S. says:

    What beautiful pictures!! As a photographer myself, I can appreciate great work and these photos totally fit the bill for both outstanding posing and lighting. I particularly like the picture of the bass player. Keep up the great work!

    John

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  10. sara says:

    Black and white is a lost art. Hope you can revive it. Love the dark and light contrasts. Unique with only one person in a shot too. Keep bringing on more!

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  11. bhooma says:

    Vow really very good each and every picture looks like telling a story. The picture of sara really moved me.

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  12. Pratt says:

    Wow, such a great work, These are some good B&W pictures I saw recently, specially the girl “Sarah” snap.I hope you surely have flickr or deviant a/c.Would love to see more of your pictures.

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  13. venkat says:

    All the pictures were really mind blowing and simply amazing. Now days getting to see black and white pictures is simply rewinding our golden days. The picture of sara was something fantastic. great work.

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  14. Karla Deacon says:

    Love these portraits. They have great dramatic flair and expression. Thanks Daria for always finding the unique!

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  15. Marcelle says:

    Wow these photos are great. I am most curious about your self portrait, still cannot figure out how the camera is hanging there on its own with no support. The photos have a depth and are awesome, well done and keep it up Michael.

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  16. Hi Marcelle!

    The camera is tied up to the ceiling using 8 Lb. test fishing line, so that it is invisible to the eye. I had a pile of pillows on the floor, just in case the line broke! I would also like to thank everyone who took the time to comment, I really appreciate it!

    Michael

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  17. Daria says:

    Thank You Karla, I very much appreciate You for being such a loyal visitor and commentator in this art gallery!! :)

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  18. Benji says:

    Amazing ideas and very well executed. You’ve caught the right emotion and mood with these photos and hence these portraits show a lot more than a mere picture – yes they actually seem to speak to you!
    The self portrait is an out of this world idea!!

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  19. Tonya Russell says:

    The drama of the portraits are accentuated by the simpleness of black and white. I especially like the ringbearer, the white rose in his lapel stand outs like it is glowing and draws your eye right away. I also like the bass player. Looking at that portrait, I felt like I was looking into his secrets and waiting to hear them interpreted through his music. Impressive!

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  20. Tonya says:

    I was especially struck by the ringbearer and the bass player. The white rose in the young boy’s lapel draws your eye as if it glowed. The bass player felt like a private portrait and I felt like I was watching a secret and waiting for it to be interpertated through his music. The drama was accentuated by the simpleness of black and white. Impressive!

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  21. Excellent pictures..The feel and emotions covered by the pictures……just amazing….The black and white gives it a Royal look.Justin looks so cute..

    Thanks for the post.

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  22. Frank says:

    Your portraits are outstanding. You manage to capture the personality of the subject and display them in a creative and very visually interesting fashion. I can honestly say that I am impressed by the way you are able to communicate emotion through your use of chiaroscuro.

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  23. Persia says:

    I like the photos. There is good contrast there. I like the composition.

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  24. David Oman says:

    Amazing work here, you have a unique and important vision of humanity. The one with the camera does not look realistic, because the camera is oriented differently from your hands, fails to give the impression that some force from your hands is affecting it. The bass player is dramatic, Sarah is deep (looks kinda board, kinda playful, real) and the ring barer is adorable.

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  25. Kari says:

    Cool shots. I especially like the first self portrait. Using fishing line was a great idea. The ringbearer shot is cool too, you managed to catch the glint of mischevousness in his eyes.

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  26. Suzette says:

    Hello,

    Dramatic black & white Photography beautifully done & with humour.
    I like the cool musician.
    Thank you

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