woensdag 18 januari 2012
This fine portrait of Daphne in early 1970's bifocals by
Silhouette concludes her photo shoot.
I wish to thank Daphne for her stamina and for her highly
individual style of posing. As stated before, I am always
lokking for models who can add something unique to the
diversity in my project. In her portfolio on Mayhem Model
Daphne wrote about her mission, "showing that big girls can
be beautiful". After seeing the results of her photo shoot,
Daphne said that she enjoyed the experiment. Needless to
say, so did her court photographer. Daphne, you managed
to show that big girls in big glasses can be beautiful. Thank
you so much for taking up the challenge! I wish you every
success in your modeling career. The feedback on your
portfolio on Mayhem Model has been favourable and I hope
that the comments on our photo shoot in prescription will be
just as positive. We certainly had an enjoyable afternoon and
it was great to be back at what I like best - doing photo shoots.
My concussion is still very much a nuisance and that's why I
worked much slower than usual, using more and longer breaks.
As a result, this photo shoot yielded only 45 portraits so let's
keep it at "Small is beautiful" :). Sometimes the real beauty is
hidden in the contradiction! I hope to be back with more photo
shoots when the old head has made a full recovery....
Another fine portrait of Daphne in early 1970's bifocals
by Silhouette. Again, the reflection of the sunlight in the
lenses is used as a highlight. The touch of irony in Daphne's
posing adds greatly to the general feel of this portrait. Big
compliment to Daphne for picking the right glasses from
Frame choice is a matter of taste - especially when posing
in vintage glasses - but in my opinion, these Silhouette
glasses from the early 1970's are a perfect match for
Daphne. They are bifocals but the reading segment is
almost invisible. The Rx of the lenses is within a diopter
from the model's own prescription. This is another portrait
that called for much patience but fortunately, Daphne has
that capacity in glorious plenty. It took us a good bit of
navigating to make the best use of the reflection of the
sunlight in the lenses without obscuring the model's eyes.
I like the way the reflection in the lenses add an element
of liveliness in portraits of ladies in prescription glasses.
There is no way one can achieve this when a model poses
in empty frames.
The famous Silhouette company started designing and
manufacturing glasses in 1964 and they gradually conquered
the world during the early and mid 1970's. Their early glasses
have no serial number stamped on the arms so it's not easy
to put a year on them. My guess is that this splendid pair was
made in the early 1970's.
A capture of Daphne looking at the sky to give her eyes
some relaxation. The Björn Borg glasses are some 1.50
diopters below the model's own prescription. Not every
model is given to pose with ease in glasses with a Rx that
differs from her own prescription. Christien, another highly
acclaimed Mayhem model, said that she enjoyed doing her
photo shoot in glasses, "but it was more difficult than I had
imagined". So Daphne was wise when she watched the sky!
Here Daphne is leading us back to more recent times but
with a touch of much earlier days. She is posing in a refined
pair of glasses by Björn Borg. The glasses were first bought
by Lettie, a much acclaimed model from my first weblog.
She brought along several of her old glasses and gave them
for my collection at the end of her photo shoot. A gesture
much appreciated! The Björn Borg glasses can be seen in
my first photo shoot with Claudine and it's interesting to
compare the effects on both models. The glasses were made
in the late 1990's but they are highly reminiscent of frames
that were popular in the late 1960's and early 1970's.
Great posing by Daphne in Rodenstock glasses from the
mid 1960's called "Maya". The frame was highly popular
at the time and it was a bestseller for this German company.
The frame was available in orange, in black and in brown.
My collection hosts examples in all these colours and many
of my models posed in them (e.g. Gita, Tineke, Brigitta and
Astrid on my first weblog and more recently Claudia Allegonda).
It's not the easiest of frames for portrait photography and this
has to do with the shape of the small, solid frame. Here Daphne
joins their ranks and somehow this portrait stands out. In my
portrait photography I try to revive images seen in the streets
of Amsterdam when the glasses were new. There was more
restriction in the posing in those days and Daphne manages
the time machine effect in a striking way. To complicate things
further, the lenses have a major difference in Rx. The left lens
is noticeably stronger, creating an assymetry that adds to the
overall impression. Great!
Another fine portrait of Daphne in 1980's bifocals from
the Hastings area in England. I was looking for an effect
of reflection in the lenses and Daphne obligingly kept
moving her head until it was time to snap. I was much
less alert than usual because of my concussion that heals
in a tantalizing slow way. Thank you, Daphne, for your
dinsdag 17 januari 2012
Daphne is in her late twenties so she will not be in need
of bifocals for another fifteen years. But it's always nice
to invite a young model to take a peep through the reading
segments into the distant future. The image jump was quite
noticeable here as the reading add in these bifocals is
+2.50 diopters. No doubt, the first owner of these glasses
was a grey haired lady....
The first thing I noticed when Daphne tried these nameless
bifocals from Hastings was that she looked really at ease.
This has to do with the almost perfect Rx of the lenses,
less than a diopter from her own prescription. Everything
was almost right: spherical values, cylindrical values, axis
of the fairly strong cylinders - and perhaps the PD as well!
Here Daphne is posing in a concentrated way after I asked
her to look just over the dividing line between long distance
and reading correction.
Daphne is the 9th Mayhem model who posed for me. In
her portfolio she described herself as a plus size model
and she added the quote "I wanna show that big girls can
be beautiful". Regular followers of my weblogs may long
have noted that I'm always looking for a lot of variety in
models. I liked what I saw in Daphne's portfolio but what
struck me most was that she was in glasses on all of the
pictures. She posed self confident in the glasses so I sent
her an invitation to do a portrait photo shoot in prescription
glasses from my collection. Daphne is a very down to earth
young lady and she kindly accepted the invitation although
it was not her primary aim when she joined Model Mayhem.
Looking back, her photo shoot with me did meet her aim
here and there - she posed in some plus sized frames albeit
not fitted with plussie lenses :). Many glasses with plus lenses
still wait for a great model who can pose in them. In fact, some
90% of the glasses which I acquired in England, Wales and
Ireland were once owned by hyperopic ladies. A category
hard to find in the Lowlands of Holland so I may have to
cross the North Sea for some photo shoots in the category
"bringing it all back home" :).
Daphne posing in the first of four pairs of glasses that
blended great with her features and complexion. These
nameless bifocals were acquired in one of the umpteen
hospitable charity shops in the Hastings area at the south
coast of England in 1999. My then life partner Coby was a
psychic who collected crystal balls and letter weights so
she liked the charity shops just as much as I did. We came
back home with enough crystal balls, letter weights and of
course prescription glasses to fill her large dining table.
maandag 16 januari 2012
Daphne posing in what I often refer to as Mirjam's glasses.
Mirjam participated in the catwalk at the opening of my
first exhibition. Last year she discovered that she had some
problems with her - so far perfect - eyesight when driving
her car at night. She went to a well known optician chain
but they refused to prescribe glasses because the correction
needed at daytime was too marginal. When Mirjam explained
this problem to me and Nel, we set out in a car at night. Nel
drove the car, Mirjam sat next to her and I sat on the back
seat with lots of lenses and glasses. Within half an hour I
managed to deduce the prescription that Mirjam needed
for night driving. She chose the Zenni glasses shown here by
Daphne and I ordered them for her. She has been using the
glasses for night driving ever since and is happy with them.
Daphne will be happy as well when the glasses of her own
choice are ready!
Daphne looking at the sky - yes, not the ceiling but the
clear blue sky - while trying out the first of five pairs made
by Zenni. The lenses are -8.00, some four diopters above
the model's own prescription. Four diopters is an awkward
gap as the brain instructs the eyes "try to focus!". Looking
at the sky works quite well - there is no visual information
there and this helps to make the posing more relaxed. The
white background is a big screen that I installed in my garden
to give us some protection against the sunlight. This is one of
my favourite portraits in the photo shoot with Daphne.
During her photo shoot Daphne kept switching from one
era into the other. Here she poses in an interesting pair
of glasses from the retro era. The first owner of the glasses
was Bettina, a MUA from the Frankfurt area in Germany.
She offered me three of her old glasses and instead of
sending them through the post, her partner Steffen called
me up and suggested that we could meet in Amsterdam.
Bettina had a fine taste for unusual frames that suited her
round face. I was not surprised when Daphne selected
these glasses for her photo shoot. The lenses are two
diopters stronger than her own prescription but the frame'
suits her just as well as it did Bettina. Nice!
Daphne liked to experiment with all the different styles
in eyewear of the past. These pink and white "Lisette"
glasses by Elcé from France belonged to the mainstream
of what was seen in the streets during the 1980's. The
Rx of the lenses is one or two diopters below the model's
own prescription but some of this difference is compensated
by the proximity of the photographer. The glasses were
previously used in my photo shoots with Elena and Tineke
(first weblog) who both have a prescription with vertical
cylinders not unlike Daphne's prescription.
Daphne posing in half rim glasses with strass, made by
Nylor at the eve of Beatlemania and everything else that
would soon follow. I clearly remember seeing several
chic ladies in these glasses when I was about twelve years
of age. The left lens is three diopters stronger than the right
lens. I bought these glasses at the "Waterlooplein" flea
market in Amsterdam during my early years as a collector.
Many of my previous models posed in these nostalgic Nylor
glasses and here Daphne joins their ranks, observing her
court photographer closely.
When Daphne tried these Cobra glasses she said that
they gave her almost perfect eyesight. The left lens is
half a diopter above her own prescription and the right
lens is nearly a diopter too weak but the cylinders are
nearly perfect, both in strength and in the position of
the axis. I bought the Cobra glasses at the "Waterlooplein"
flea market in Amsterdam during the 1980's. The frame
material is optyl, a novelty used by Christian Dior when
they took the eyewear market by storm in the mid 1970's.
Cobra zoomed in behind Dior, using the optyl material but
they made a deliberate attempt to design glasses with a
different design. Great! These Cobra glasses were also
used in my photo shoots with Elena and Lettie (first weblog).
It's always interesting to see the choices made by my models
when they arrive and see the table with glasses around their
own prescription. Daphne was not shy to experiment with
some of the outspoken frames and these Cobra glasses are
a fine example. My hat from Tirol (Austria) came handy in
our attempts to dim the merciless sharp winter sunlight.
When Daphne saw these pink glasses by Pro Design lying
on the table she decided to give them a try. It's always nice
to look at the world through pink glasses. Unfortunately, the
lighting conditions in the garden and the alley were far from
ideal so we ended up in the hall for this portrait. The Rx of the
glasses is not unlike that of the ochre Dior - in short, some
diopters below the model's own prescription. The glasses were
first used during my photo shoot with Carla (first weblog) who
has an astygmatism not unlike Daphne's.
Daphne has a prescription with rather strong cylinders
(-2.50 / -2.00) which often limits the options when choosing
glasses for a photo shoot. A good way to expand the options
is to use glasses with a considerable Rx difference between
the lenses. These "Gladys" glasses by Neostyle are a good
example. The left lens has the proper spherical strength but
only a weak cylinder while the right lens has a Rx equivalent
to the sum of the spherical and cylindrical strength. Each lens
on its own creates a blur but the brain is able to combine
both images into an overall result that comes close to the
proper prescription. The difference in strength between both
lenses is over two diopters. The "Gladys" glasses were also
used during my photo shoots with Clarine (first weblog) and
Karen who opened the present weblog. Here Daphne joins
their ranks and it's nice to see and compare the effects of the
glasses on the three models. The brown colour of the frame
blends well with the model's hair colour and the wall in the
Neostyle first came under my attention in the early 1970's
when they advertized with some great new frames. Their
models posed moody in cat eye glasses (illustrating that the
cat eye era was a thing of the past) and joyful in the new
big frames. However, the material and the shape of these
"Gladys" glasses suggests that Neostyle was already active
during the late 1960's. The frame shows the transition from
the small, solid frames of the mid 1960's into the big frames
that started emerging in the late 1960's. It took another five
years before the giant frames appeared and one could see
both the older and new styles in the streets of Amsterdam
around 1970. I bought these "Gladys" glasses at the famous
"Waterlooplein" flea market in Amsterdam during the 1980's.
Daphne posing in early 1980's glasses by the famous
Christian Dior. Their "ochre phase" started around 1977
and lasted until the mid 1980's. During this period their
frame design changed from very solid to more refined.
These glasses can also be seen in my photo shoot with
Carla on my first weblog. The ochre frames suit brunettes
and blondes alike.