As I was visiting the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in London, I had a slightly surreal experience:
one of the portraits came to life before my eyes!
This lady just happened to step right out of one of the portraits which impressed me the most in the expo:
It turns out the photographer, Ms. Sirli Raitma (see below for more information) was also visiting the exhibition, with her subject – her mother, Eha.
She had the brilliant idea to invite her to come in the same attire and with the same props as for the portrait shoot, enabling this surreal moment.
The whole thing lasted a couple minutes, just enough time for a few more pictures to be made…
And then they were gone, like a dream
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About the photographer: Sirli Raitma is a photographer who has lived and worked in the UK since 2004. She was born and grew up in Suure-Jaani in Estonia. Sirli’s images span portraiture, landscapes and interiors, but portraiture – especially involving ambiguity via costume or displacement – is her heartland.
You can Ms Raitma’s work at www.sirliraitma.com
About the portrait: Ms. Raitma’s mother, Eha, born in Estonia, moved to London to be near her daughters. In 2015, she began to suffer from depression. The portraits began as a way to give Eha a new focus, beyond the procession of doctor’s appointments.