donderdag 12 april 2012
This fine portrait of "living art" Nel in Metzler glasses from the 1970's concludes this improvised photo shoot.
Thank you so much, dear Nel, for your inspiration, creative ideas and for your continuous support!
A word of thanks to Udo Feitsma (publicity and marketing, Kunsthal KADE) for his permission to use the art hall for our experiments with "glasses art". We will be back!
For more information about this beautiful art hall and its exhibitions, check www.kunsthalkade.nl
Also I wish to thank the real artist, Henk Visch, for his kind permission to post the pictures of his wonderfully inspirational sculptures. Much appreciated!
People wearing glasses are often called "four eyed" but there is no harm in improving a fine quote so here is Nel posing as a "twelve eyed" lady. When I was a child, one of my school teachers always told us that she had another pair of eyes at the back of her head so she was able to watch our behavior constantly. She was myopic and always in strong cat eye glasses but I never saw a second pair on the back of her head. My conclusion was that she only had frontal myopia although this assumption is not backed by solid scientific research.
Glasses: Metzler, 1970's
[L: -11.25; c-0.50 h / R: -10.25]
"Too bad that men are often so impatient with a lady when she is selecting her favorite pair of glasses for the day.... Even sculptures of men are walking away these days. What happened to chivalry? Anyway, this sculpture seems to be more indulgent so I will pose with him instead".
Glasses: Zenni 2611
[L: -11.00 / R: -11.75]
Of all the sculptures by Henk Visch in art hall "KADE", his series of little men carrying piles of stones was highly inspirational to me. Being a mountain climber of sorts since my childhood, the feeling of a heavy rucksack is a part of the adventure in the Alps. Nel and I decided to try a series in which the weight of the stones in the Visch sculptures is matched by the weight of dioptres in a glasses quartet. Here Nel is posing in a modern Zenni glasses close to her own prescription, looking at a pair of Metzler glasses from the 1970's in her right hand. The glasses on top of her head and in her left hand were both made by Rodenstock ("Bettina" series) in the 1980's. The picture captures a moment of apparent indecision not unlike that of a lady standing in front of her wardrobe in the morning. Needless to say, my models are never in shortage of great eyewear.
Glasses: Zenni 3391
[L: -13.00 / R: -12.00]
KADE is Dutch for Quay and indeed, the art hall is located on the quay at borders the medieval part of Amersfoort. Nel was more comfortable with the eyesight provided by these modern Zenni glasses than in the preceding picture with the vintage Jill Sander pair. I like the way she poses at the foot of the giant "weather proof" sculpture by Henk Visch.
Glasses: Jill Sander, early / mid 1990's
[L: -8.75; c-3.75 o / R: -7.50; c-2.50 v]
Nel posing outside Kunsthal KADE in front of another giant sculpture by Henk Visch. The Jill Sander glasses were given to me by a friendly optician in Germany and not used in previous photo shoots. The cylinders in the lenses are rather strong and Nel is holding her head, suggesting that this was perhaps a bit too much.
woensdag 11 april 2012
Nel and I are a seasoned model - photographer team and most of the ideas during this improvised photo shoot came from the model's side. In fact, we paid the visit to Kunsthal KADE to enjoy the art works but also to check if the location would be suitable for a photo shoot with a freelance model which was arranged for the next Wednesday. The KADE staff were most helpful, allowing us to use their location but I decided to take the pictures without the tripod.
Glasses meet art.... this picture of Nel and her devoted court photographer was taken by a former professor at my university who kindly sent me this picture after our chance meeting at Kunsthal KADE. Life is full of pleasant surprises.
Photo: Peter Jan Schellens
Nel posing in front of a giant armless sculpture by Henk Visch. The glasses are a recent arrival from Zenni, ordered with Nel in mind. She liked the glasses and I subsequently ordered them for her as sunglasses in her own prescription. Zenni does not manufacture varifocal lenses above -10.00 so I ordered two pairs, one for long distance and one for close work. So far Nel had only used sun clips on her glasses and she was delighted with her new sunglasses. Not to be outdone I ordered a pair of varifocal sunglasses for myself. Convenient when one is recovering from a bad concussion....
Aside from the photo shoot in Ireland, last summer in her new glasses, this was the first time Nel posed for me in 18 months. The advantage of this long interval was that a dozen glasses around her own prescription had been added to my collection. The remarkable thing about these simple yet refined Zenni glasses is that they don't really show the strength of the high index lenses (-11.00 / -12.00). Very discrete indeed.
Glasses: Zenni 3818 / 8818
[L: -11.00 / R: -12.00]
"How are you, pal?". Nel looking at the Henk Visch sculpture from a different angle and through glasses that gave her much better eyesight than the previous pair by Menrad. These subtle, refined Zenni glasses, fitted with 1.67 high index lenses, are a favorite among my models and one of them recently selected the glasses for use in everyday life.
Glasses: Menrad, 1980's
[L: -5.50; c-1.75 v / R: -11.75; c-0.75 o]
Nel posing with a fine sculpture by Henk Visch in art gallery KADE, Amersfoort. It's always handy to have a good indoor location available for a photo shoot in case of bad weather. The glasses were sent to me by Stephan from Bavaria, one of my favorite photographers. The six dioptres difference between both lenses must have been a handicap for the first owner of the glasses. The right lens is not far from Nel's own prescription but the left lens is far too weak and she was glad when she could switch to a different pair that provided a better balance.