Recently I had the opportunity to learn about the work of two photographers, James Frank Tribble and Tracey Frances Mancenido-Tribble and I have to confess that I am very impressed about the genuine portraits shown in their portfolios. These portraits are somehow raw but in a way they show the people with a depth of sincerity that usually you can’t find in portrait photography. They have a very well designed website where you can enjoy their work and their very interesting and creative BIO. Both James Frank and Tracey Frances are married and work together as a duo, alternating the role of assistant and photographer depending on the level of comfort of the subject :
We do work together and are a married photo duo. All of the work on the site are personal projects we have been working on. When it comes to our process and the question of authorship’s, we find that shooting in tandem further enhances both our artistic and creative outlets while helping us engage more with our sitters. Every shoot without fail a sitter is drawn and more comfortable with one of us, and we use that as best as we can to capture what we see as well as put the model at ease and more comfortable with our presence. The sitters generally have never had a formal portrait taken and pretty sure never had two cameras pointing at them at one time. It’s more than a rewarding pleasure to work with your partner.
Their personal projects are very much driven by their curiosity to learn about people:
Our curiosity of people drives us to create portraits as a collective glimpse of where we live. During moments of passing and obligation do we find inspiration in our subjects. These images are an extension of the only time we manage to share together, working different schedules while fulfilling our desire to create work as our own routine. They are portraits of strangers, co-workers, passerby and friends. As an ephemeral survey of our daily encounters, we hope to stir the same familiarity and curiosity for one another and influence similar moments of friendship.