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Portraits of People Posing with Their Passions and Pastimes

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Jack Daly, a photographer at the University of Portsmouth in the UK, is working on a portrait project titled People with Passions. Each photograph in the series features a person posing with the objects of their passion (e.g. things associated with their interests, pursuits, and pastimes).

The portrait above is of Portsmouth resident Matt Sills, who’s passionate about photography.

Daly tells us that it started out as a small and simple idea at first:

It started small and snowballed quite quickly into a large project, where some unique and impressive people started contacting me to be involved. People seem to love the idea and the simplicity, as well as learning about the person in each shots life in one image.

Here is a selection of photos (and the captions that go with them) from the project:

Rob Daly: My brother and complete opposite. Rob is an academic that loves literature and can speak languages like no tomorrow. He could live anywhere and get away as being a local.

Rob Daly: My brother and complete opposite. Rob is an academic that loves literature and can speak languages like no tomorrow. He could live anywhere and get away as being a local.

Thomas Kelly: Thomas has a great collection of WW2 memorabilia, and is always on the hunt for something new for his collection. What I love about his stuff is that most of it links to his family in some way, and if not he does his best to return items he buys to their rightful family.

Thomas Kelly: Thomas has a great collection of WW2 memorabilia, and is always on the hunt for something new for his collection. What I love about his stuff is that most of it links to his family in some way, and if not he does his best to return items he buys to their rightful family.

Anna Quinton: Anna has an incredible skill for making and decorating cakes. She makes them professionally, and is even making her own wedding cake.

Anna Quinton: Anna has an incredible skill for making and decorating cakes. She makes them professionally, and is even making her own wedding cake.

Richard: A real life emporium of Willy Wonka style memorabilia is the best way to describe Richard’s incredible collection. After entering his “museum” I was flooded with childhood memories of all your favourite delights.

Richard: A real life emporium of Willy Wonka style memorabilia is the best way to describe Richard’s incredible collection. After entering his “museum” I was flooded with childhood memories of all your favourite delights.

Andrew Gadsden: Creator of All About Tea this man is truly passionate about tea. Anything he doesn’t know isn’t worth knowing. He blends the teas himself to produce the best quality he can, and trust me, it’s the best quality you’l get.

Andrew Gadsden: Creator of All About Tea this man is truly passionate about tea. Anything he doesn’t know isn’t worth knowing. He blends the teas himself to produce the best quality he can, and trust me, it’s the best quality you’l get.

Charlie Thompson: Food glorious food, is the best way to describe Charlie. Running a popular food blog with his own recipes he definitely has a knack for creating outstanding dishes, as i’ve learnt first hand.

Charlie Thompson: Food glorious food, is the best way to describe Charlie. Running a popular food blog with his own recipes he definitely has a knack for creating outstanding dishes, as i’ve learnt first hand.

Harry Cloudfoot: A truly passionate man, Harry works, lives and plays in a climbing centre. I first met him filming a short film about his other passion of slack lining and quickly understood his immense feelings towards what he does.

Harry Cloudfoot: A truly passionate man, Harry works, lives and plays in a climbing centre. I first met him filming a short film about his other passion of slack lining and quickly understood his immense feelings towards what he does.

Nicola Bates: Southsea’s newest and most colourful shop in the wonderful Albert Road is run by this talented lady. Nicola does workshops and sessions to get people of all ages into crafts.

Nicola Bates: Southsea’s newest and most colourful shop in the wonderful Albert Road is run by this talented lady. Nicola does workshops and sessions to get people of all ages into crafts.

Tim Stephens: A session guitarist that's always on the move, Tim has worked with some of the best and has a love for music in general.

Tim Stephens: A session guitarist thats always on the move, Tim has worked with some of the best and has a love for music in general.

My Dog Sighs: One of Portsmouth most unique artists, MyDog works long and hard hunched over to paint his incredible recycled cans.

My Dog Sighs: One of Portsmouth most unique artists, MyDog works long and hard hunched over to paint his incredible recycled cans.

You can find the entire series of photos so far on the project’s website.


Image credits: Photographs by Jack Daly and used with permission


 
 
  • http://www.facebook.com/jared.monkman.5 Jared Monkman

    I like these, and the composition of most is great but guy needs to correct some distortion!! Found it really distracting in these

  • OSAM

    Why does everybody look like their dogs were just run over? The idea is good, but I’m finding the execution rather lacking.

  • ckoerner

    It looks as though the individuals photographed didn’t pay their electric bill. (Or they all snuck into someone’s house in the dead of night.) Great idea, but such a morose and bizarre ascetic.

  • http://twitter.com/intensitystudio Antonio Carrasco

    this idea has been done to death and the photos posted here just aren’t very interesting or technically impressive either.

  • cnavey

    I was trying to think of how to best describe these shots…is “blah” an adjective?

  • DamianM

    Dead idea, bad technical problems (distortion, one strobe/no ambient light), and horrible execution.

    maybe if he took his time with each one of those people it can make something of a good portrait series.

  • Jay

    Under exposure or bad lightings?

  • http://www.facebook.com/josemanueltheduke Jose Manuel

    Everybody looks so sad!!! Yuck!

  • http://www.facebook.com/alexander.karski Alexander Karski

    Whoa, everyone, loosen up!

  • harumph

    Yeah, the otherwise lovely cupcake lady looks like she’s in a poster for horror movie.

  • http://twitter.com/sidceaser Sid Ceaser

    I hate being overly critical of photo projects, but the execution of these images don’t quite meet with what the project could have been. The lighting isn’t interesting, the subjects look morbid and some of the compositions and lens choices are head-scratchingly bad. This looks like someone’s semester photography project that waited till the last few weeks before doing all the shooting.

    A great idea in concept, but this should have been handled a little better and with more finesse. Kudos for doing the project, but the photographer should revisit the project in ten years when he can bring more to the compositions and crafting of the images.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=30304880 Alex Minkin

    seriously, one trick pony lighting that isn’t subject appropriate most of the time.

  • http://www.naskaras.com/ Thanassi Karageorgiou

    They all look like theyre in a horror movie.

  • Chris Hawkins

    Wow, somone I know! My Dog Sighs rocks!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/perry.cucinotta Perry Cucinotta

    OH THE HUMANITYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1312995208 Christian DeBaun

    I’ll be contrary here, because I enjoyed this series.

  • ripley

    They look like they’re all extremely bored with their own hobbies…..

  • http://www.facebook.com/ppuiia Paul Puiia

    I bet he reads these… Let’s give the guy some credit. His automotive stuff is really quite well done, and that seems to be what he likes to do best.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=557998850 John Flury

    I have to agree with most photogs here, the photographer has made it too easy for himself. While the idea might have sounded great in his head, the execution should have pointed out the obvious: Most of these fail to tell the story of the individuals.

  • oc2E

    I think it’s a clever take on the ‘passions’ notion.

    He hasn’t conformed to what people expect – doing obvious portraits of happy, smiley people in warm, cosy, colourful lighting…

    I like the seriousness of them. They’re dark and interesting and not conventional.

  • earlvontapia

    Too many critics here. These photos are awesome. I especially like the lighting and the mood given off by the people.

    I agree that some of the distortion could have been worked a bit more.

    Some of the setups are great, but some of them look lazy, so I’ll also agree that more could have been done on that front too.

    Overall 4/7 periwinkles, or whatever people are using to measure the greatness of photographs these days.

  • http://www.facebook.com/xsportseeker Renato Murakami

    Ouch man, so much criticism…
    I’ll say I liked the idea though.
    I see how the photographer chose to keep a simple lighting that causes heavy vignetting, plus all the serious faces… but you know, it’s a style.
    Anyways, I like how he found different people with different hobbies… keep it up Jack!