André required a new portrait as he came to the end of his training and the start of his new career as a qualified psychotherapist. Before becoming an experienced and professionally qualified psychotherapist, André worked in PR and Communications and it was while in this industry he became fascinated by the many dynamics and behaviours around me; why do people behave like they do? With the encouragement of his own therapist, together with his growing fascination with this discipline, he studied psychotherapy for five years at WPF, one of the foremost institutions for psychodynamic and psychoanalytic learning.
As with all portraits I start with conversation to build a relationship, to find out how to direct the subject and put the person at ease before putting them in front of my camera. Conversation with André de Trichateau was interesting as we had much in common; we had gone to the same school but had not overlapped, we’d played the same sports (albeit in different positions) we’d both worked in the fashion industry and would have been at the same events but had just never met each other, we both had dogs, our professions require conversation… the list goes on. As such it was straight forward to build rapport with André and find the best ways to direct him to maximise the portrait session.
The main challenge with this portrait session was wardrobe; while there is an allure to showing one’s best self there is also a balance with showing your authentic self. There is little utility in wearing items of clothing which do not represent you and which friends do not associate with you. After trying various items of clothing the image that stood out in regards to André being the most relaxed in and represented him most was a shirt and jacket. Sometimes it is best not to overcomplicate a portrait.