Slow portraits ask you to take your time. We set up a studio, we get the light right. Actually - I do that.
We consider what is in the photo, and why. It’s stripped back to its essentials, what you want to say.
One of my influences are In The American West by Richard Avedon. I loved his makeshift studio, the way there’s the landscape on the people - dirt, grease, whatever clothes they’re wearing, the light. He had a background that was simple so that all of your focus is on them. It’s still considered, though, as accidental as it seems.
(Examples: Kathryn, Dale, Felix). Then cyanotypes.