Today’s portrait session is Hassan Blasim, Iraqi-born film director and writer now living in Finland.
The location for our shoot is downtown Helsinki at Mbar, Lasipalatsi.
I arrive early to scope out Mbar and select a suitable place for the session, we’re lucky today as the sky is fairly open and Mbar allows a huge percentage of the light into the interior. The dominant proportion of the shoot was taken with daylight but I also wanted some darker, more moody frames using the Profoto AcuteB, hardlight and the D4 head reflector.
I had been told that Hassan will be accompanied with a translator as he does not speak any English, “Hi, I’m Hassan, how’s it goin?” obliterated that notion however, his English far better than folk I’ve known back in my UK hometown.
Hassan had a fantastic personality and a remarkably easy going presence, I felt very humbled having the opportunity to shoot his portrait.
Hassan’s short story collection Madman of Freedom Square is on the long list for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize in 2010.
Read more on Hassan Blasim’s Blog