donderdag 29 november 2012
Nel and I spent the weekend of October 20th in Germany, visiting an extraordinary rock formation called the "Externe Steine", a few hours driving eastward of Enschede. Our B&B was located near a forest and there were almost no city lights so in the middle of the night I invited Nel to do a short walk and try some night photography in one of her Zenni glasses. The same pair in brown, with -8.00 lenses, was used in my photo shoot with Daisy in Flanders. Nel sometimes uses these red glasses in her own prescription when driving her car at night. It was a cold night and when we walked back to the B&B she said, "A great idea, trying a night shoot. It took a man like you to bring such unexpected ideas into my life". The same glasses were used in my photo shoot with Lucy in September 2011.
woensdag 28 november 2012
Over the years, many of my models posed in these Zenni glasses with split arms (e.g. Petra, Jolien. Léonne, Melissa and Claudia Allegonda). The only model who could see fairly well through the strong lenses was Petra. Nel used them briefly during her photo shoot at KADE, half a year ago but we did not make portraits. This portrait was taken in the exhibition room where conditions were just as cold as they were outside the building. Nel commented that she was getting tired so we decided to call it a day.
Dear Nel, thank you so much for enriching this weblog with yet another fine photo shoot!
A word of thanks is due to the friendly staff of Steenfabriek "De Werklust" in Losser for their cooperation.
See www.dewerklust.nl for more information on this museum which is definitely worth a visit.
Nel leaning comfortably against a blue cow sculpture. Nowadays the Zenni glasses with the roses seem tiny but they were perfectly fashionable when I first bought them in 2009. Changes in fashion.... but we both welcome the return of the big frames in the streets. Nel recently made the switch from her favorite Zenka glasses (the series with the many clips) to the big purple Zenni glasses that we used at the photo shoot in Ireland. She now regards the Zenka glasses as "tiny"!
But let's talk glasses.... This is a very popular frame among my models and several of them chose it for use in their daily life. Farishta baptized them "the glasses with the little roses" after her second photo shoot. Nel used this pair at the very end of her photo shoot at KADE, half a year ago, but we decided to give the glasses another try. The Rx of the lenses is just a touch away from Nel's own prescription.
These Zenni glasses in Nel's own prescription for long distance were featured at the very start of her photo shoot at Eem Quay. I was not satisfied with the way the close up portraits came out at Eem Quay so we gave the glasses another try at the stone factory.
Nel posing in the same Zenni frame as in portraits 451 - 454 but here in pale purple and fitted with lenses some three diopters above her own prescription (-14 / -15). Generally speaking, my models find it easier to pose in glasses that are too strong than in glasses that are too weak.
This is one of the earliest Zenni frames ordered with lenses around Nel's own prescription. When the glasses arrived I was surprised by the thin lenses. Apparently Zenni made a mistake and fitted them with high index lenses although they did not charge me anything extra. Up Zenni!
Nel first posed in these Zenni glasses in art hall KADE, half a year ago. The lenses are near her own prescription so the glasses gave her fairly good eyesight. We decided to give them another try for comparison with the same frame in purple, fitted with considerably stronger lenses. The purple glasses will be shown later in this photo shoot.
Another fine portrait of Nel in huge 1970's style glasses by Zenni. Nel said that she liked the effect of this frame to her face and needless to say, so did her court photographer! I bought it when Zenni had a special offer: two pairs for the price of one. Unfortunately, the frame is now out of stock.
This fine portrait of First Lady Nel concludes our brief but pleasant photo shoot at Eem Quay in Amersfoort. Again, the myodisc effect is striking but in my opinion pleasing to the eye. Nel prefers short photo shoots to extended sessions. There was not much time available anyway because of the terminal illness of my brother. We both enjoyed the hour at Eem Quay very much and it gave us the inspiration to do another photo shoot during the next weekend.
Pensive mood.... Nel showing the fine polishing work done by Zenni on the 1.57 standard lenses in more detail. What looks like a carrier lens is in reality the edges of the lenses polished under an angle of 45 degrees to reduce lens thickness so that these big glasses could fold up and be shipped to the Lowlands of Holland. Aside from a nine dollar extra charge for the high perscription, Zenni did not charge us anything for the polishing job. The effect is very much like a favorite - and quite expensive - white pair of Formlenti myodisc glasses made by Christian Olivier in the late 1980's. Nel used the Olivier glasses to great effect during the catwalks at the opening of my exhibitions in Holland and Germany. It's nice to have an affordable alternative by Zenni available now.