Sometimes, you will follow a blog and you wont see or hear anything from them in a little while, and then all of a sudden they will thrust a beautiful bearded face across your feed. When I stumbled across this portrait, I was immediately drawn in; I couldn’t get his beard out of my mind. Shot by portrait photographer Mr. Elbank, a hugely talented Brit residing in Sydney, Australia, the man with the killer beard is called Jimmy Niggles who is on a mission to spread the word about checking skin for melanoma after the death of his friend in 2009 from skin cancer. The use of soft lighting and colour, combined with the softness of the face and stripe jumper, makes it near impossible to tear myself away from this image. Although what I really love about this portrait is the way the photographer managed to capture every single freckle adorning his face, serving as a strong reminder of what the subject symbolises and the mission at hand.
Fascinated with his work, I looked more into the work of Mr. Elbank. So far I haven’t found a single image of his that I haven’t fallen in love with. His subjects are real; they are people he has met and has some sort of connection with, and that shows through his beautiful, sensitive photography. He seems to bring out the desirable, creative, exciting side of people in his images, the kind of people I would like to get to know. This is definitely a photographer to follow.