These photographs were taken of Jean Shrimpton in the centre of New York, by David Bailey. He captures an unnatural, uncomfortable look, which is shown through the straight shapes in her posture. Perhaps, this was because the city came across as hostile to her, and not what she was used to, being brought up on a farm in Buckinghamshire. But, I think that this timid look comes across as successful, as it makes the model come across as mysterious, and feminine.
Shoot 5 - These photographs were a development from my previous shoot. However, with this shoot I wanted my model, Michaela, to show vulnerability in the ‘big, adult world’. She looks uncomfortable in this city setting, and this could show how man made locations can make people feel uneasy. I understand that the sixth photograph is slightly blurry, but I like the story it tells, as her shadow being darker, in comparison to herself almost reveals her true feelings to her location which are, undoubtedly negative.
Shoot 5 contact print
I edited my shoot 4 photographs, using the HDR Toning tool.
Shoot 4 - These photographs were taken primarily to experiment with the over head projector and the collision with the city and an individual, with the main focusing being on their shadow. I found that the photographs where the model’s body is turned to the side, revealing her facial features clearly within the shadow are thereby more effective.
Shoot 4 contact print
These photographs were taken by Paolo Roversi, featuring Lara Stone, for Italian Vogue magazine. He played with shadow and light, creating an enchanted look with an angel, demon, mushroom and other fantasy-like background shadows to help portray this theme. I think that the shadows are a great addition to these fashion photographs as they suggest that the photographs have a fairytale theme, the photograph with the shadow of the wolf in particular is like a scene from the fairytale ‘Little Red Riding Hood’.
I want to experiment with this technique but I think I will dress my model in clothing that stands out more by using bold, coloured, and patterned clothing in order to create more of a contrast from the background to the model.
To create the angel-like images I wanted to portray I decreased the detail, and played around with the highlights and exposure using the HDR Toning feature in Photoshop to make the photographs lighter and softer in appearance.
I edited these photographs on Photoshop with the intention of making them look ‘angel-like’ as development from the photograph I researched which was more dark and Gothic in appearance. To create the two shadows, I turned on a second light, and then played around with the brightness and position of the lights before hand, in order to create the symmetric images I wanted to achieve.
Horst P Horst inspired photographs: Due to lack of equipment, instead of using a hat as the prop I used an umbrella. I increased the contrast and decreased the brightness slightly to create a similar look. However, I didn’t over-exaggerate this move as I didn’t want to remove the images’ detail to maintain a more modernised 2013 look.
Shoot 3 contact print
Shadow photograph taken in a studio by Horst P Horst.
In the next part of my project I want to explore how to create shadows in a portraiture shoot, and then try it out for myself. I would do this in the studio by dressing my model in the same glamorous way as Horst as I like the elegance that bursts through the photo’s. However, even though I do want to create similar images to Horst first, I do also want to experiment and have my own interpretation on some of these photographs.
Top photograph: This photo was taken on a grey day. Cloud coverage tends to diffuse natural light and can often provide adequate lighting for subjects that may need a paler or darker natural light - In my case it is a darker natural light.
Middle left photograph: This photo was taken with a window directly in front of the face. But because it was taken on a dark, gloomy day not a lot of natural light was shining through the window. Even so it still creates a decent soft looking photograph with just the right amount of natural light without it looking over exposed or too harsh, which could have been the outcome if it was sunny.
Middle right photograph: This photograph was taken where there was a window behind the model. Personally, this isn’t my favourite photo that I experimented with because I think that it is too bright overall. In some ways though I like that the background is very bright and makes the model’s face stand out and this is something I could consider doing in future shoots.
Bottom photograph: This photograph was taken where there are windows on both sides, creating a sharp yet soft image with the correct exposure. This proves that this location in my house is the best place to take a photograph and therefore I know I can use this spot again.
Shoot 2 contact print
I did some research online to understand how to use ‘natural’ lighting in the home, and to light portraits. I wanted to experiment this for myself. My second shoot was then inspired by this finding.