the sort of portraits that are the most interesting to me are one of two things:
1 - close up, so you can actually SEE the emotion on someone’s face. shoulders up, filling most of the frame.
2 - environmental portraiture. arnold newman’s work is a constant inspiration.
Of course I enjoy other kinds, but these 2 are the most important to me. Seeing a person’s emotions captured and then forcing the viewer to examine just that and nothing else is pretty dang important in my mind. Then, seeing the person in their environment, seeing what they DO for a living or where they LIVE and EXIST, further informs the close-up portrait.