Raw Portraiture Through the Eyes of Evan Ortiz

Individuals representing a wide gamut of age, race, and gender make up the subjects featured in photographer Evan Ortiz’s bodies of work. However, these factors tend to become secondary as Ortiz reduces each of his muses down to figures and shapes, warm bodies soaking in soft light among pools of shadow. Arms and hands contort to obscure defining characteristics, while eyes more often than not stray toward something just outside of the viewer’s reach.

Nevertheless, despite the boundaries built between the subject and its audience, each moment manages to retain a sense of intimacy and sincerity that immediately warrants attention. Sensitive and thoughtful in his process, he strives to find himself in the souls of those he encounters – however brief those chance intersections prove to be.

All photos are courtesy of Evan Ortiz.