The portraits that I’m doing at the moment are simply a recording of that person, I don’t pretend they are anything else. When I talk to someone I don’t do it from on top of a step ladder, or sitting on the ground looking up at them and I don’t stand 50 feet away and converse using a pair of binoculars and a megaphone. When I talk to someone I stand face to face and look them in the eyes. And this is how I like to compose my portraits – with the subject in the middle of the frame. This simplistic approach to composition does irritate people though…
The rule of thirds, or the golden section, was first written down as a guide for painters in the late 1700’s, probably around the same time that the law against whistling on a Sunday came in, so I tend to ignore it. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rule_of_thirds
When I look at something interesting, I look at it head-on, not out of the corner of my eye.
All images made using a Mamiya 7II, 80mm and Fuji Pro 400H film