Rules are meant to be broken {96/365}

This shot was buried amongst about 400 thumbnails.  My picky sometimes-overly-critical eye would normally overlook it without a second glance, but as I looked at it more and more, it soon became one of my all time favorite portraits.  It doesn't necessarily follow the rules of portraiture, in fact it breaks quite a few of them. But, the nice thing about rules is you can break them; even flaws can work together to make a dramatic portrait.

What draws me the most is his piercing gaze.  He's not looking at the camera, he's looking at you.

What makes a great portrait to you?  What elements do you find attracts you to a portrait?

Canon 85mm 1.2L - f8 @125th 100iso - Mola Beauty dish camera right