dinsdag 29 januari 2013
This fine portrait of Jolien posing in powerful Zenni glasses concludes her photo shoot in the snowy forest. The suggestion of real eye contact between model and photographer comes out quite well and the mighty power rings add to the general impression of a true "Lady behind crystal Veil". Great!
A word of thanks to Jolien for taking up the challenge of doing a photo shoot in prescription glasses under these cold circumstances. It was an hour of hard work for both of us but quite enjoyable. Right from the start it felt as if we had done our first photo shoot only a few weeks ago. All the reflexes were there in the same way as they were the first time. There was more relaxation because the procedure was no longer a secret waiting to be unveiled. The result is a fine example of "cameraderie" between model and photographer. The fact that Jolien gradually switched to fulltime wear of her own glasses may have been instrumental as well. All I can say is, thank you very much!
Another word of thanks is due to Joke Becker for her kind assistance at the editing of the photo material.
Finally I wish to thank Joke, my model Caroline and the friendly glasses collector from the UK for donating a number of glasses to my always greedy collection. Your glasses really added an additional flavor to this photo shoot of Jolien in the snow and I will probably use more of your glasses in up coming photo shoots.
An enigmatic "en face" portrait of Jolien showing the heavy "cut in" effect caused by the strength of the lenses. This portrait was an experiment. I noticed that close up "en face" portraits with these strong glasses did not come out well under the circumstances. There was too much reflection from the snow. I am an avid smoker and many portraits are taken with a cigarette in my hand. The experiment was simply blowing some of the smoke from my cigarette into the air between photographer and model. Feel free to disagree but I was happy when this portrait emerged on my computer screen. Call it a mystery portrait....
This beautiful portrait of Jolien is one of my favorites from her photo shoot in the snow. Credible, natural posing, as if she just had a bump in her prescription from -1.75 to -8.00. Great!
This was in fact the last pair of glasses used during this photo shoot but I kept one pair out for the finale....
These are quite solid glasses indeed - but not "over the top", considering the current trend in fashion. Four years ago they would have been regarded as "extreme". Fortunately the two decades of "retro" fashion are gone and I hope that more and more variety will be seen in the streets.
Daylight was fading by the minute but we knew that the box with glasses was nearly empty. On the average each pair of glasses took us about two minutes, the first minute waiting for the fog to disappear from the lenses, the second minute posing and snapping at breakneck speed.
These Berkeley glasses (and four other pairs) were kindly given to me by a glasses collector from London who came to see me in Amsterdam in November. A gesture much appreciated! He attended my photo shoot with Lucy who tried a couple of his glasses during the final part of the shoot. The Berkeley glasses were not chosen by Lucy but they were "baptized" at the very start of my photo shoot with Marieke. Two days later it was Jolien who gave them a try. Note the approaching man and dog in the background.
Amused posing by Jolien in vintage cat eye bifocals from the UK. It took us a good bit of navigating to produce this portrait. The way the reading segments light up in the fading daylight was most rewarding. Thank you, Jolien, for your patience in the cold!
When doing a quick selection for the photo shoot with Jolien I grabbed half a dozen glasses that had been used during my photo shoot with Marieke, two days earlier and these vintage cat eye glasses seemed worth another try. When Jolien put them on, the lenses started fogging up straightaway - the glasses were in a box beneath us in the snow. It took about half a minute before the fog started clearing up and the model's wide eyed look became visible.
These vintage cat eye glasses from the UK were featured in several previous photo shoots including the very first with my life partner Nel in November 2008. Her prescription is -11 and she could see nothing through the +5 lenses but she was amazed when she saw the pictures: "I never saw myself with such big eyes!". A year later, Farishta posed in them but most of her portraits came out cross eyed. It took a real longsighted model (Charlotte) to produce really satisfactory portraits in these glasses. Charlotte declared one of her portraits in these bifocals as her favorite and this was included in my first exhibition in 2010. Her portrait is still very popular among viewers of my account on Deviantart.
Jolien posing in a pair of vintage cat eye glasses from the UK. The style of the frame is quite typical for the late 1950's but I saw many elderly ladies in England wearing cat eye glasses like these as late as the 1990's. They are bifocals with circle shaped reading segments. In the Netherlands, this type of bifocal lens did not appear in the streets until the mid 1960's. Whatever the year of manufacture, these cat eye glasses are a cherished item in my collection.
In my project I like contrasting effects and here is a fine example if you compare the portraits of Marieke in gala dress with the well deserved shelter enjoyed by Jolien in her warm coat! Besides, both models did full justice to the glasses and vice versa so I was a happy man :).
When I invited Jolien for a brief photo shoot, these vintage cat eye glasses were on my kitchen table as they had been used during my photo shoot with Marieke in her gala dress, only two days before. I was curious how some of those glasses would work in the photo shoot with Jolien so here they are. Jolien wisely put up her hood as the cold was getting more intense by the minute. A frame around a frame....
Jolien posing in a vintage pair of Bausch & Lomb glasses on a snowy forest path near my house. The glasses were featured in several of my early photo shoots. Rachel and Hiska spring to mind but especially Astrid, now a great freelance model who did no less than five photo shoots for me. The first photo shoot with Astrid was done on the same forest path, about half a mile closer to the German border. There was no snow on the ground but the frost was quite severe and after an hour we were forced to continue in my living room. My fingers were numb and worse, they were glued to the press button. Among the very first glasses used during that photo shoot was this pair by Bausch & Lomb. When she saw the results, Astrid was adamant - these were her favorite glasses and her favorite portraits. We did four more photo shoots and each of them yielded great portraits but at the end of each day she insisted. "There is nothing like those Bausch & Lomb glasses!". It was nice to find myself back on the same forest path in winter with Jolien posing in the Bausch & Lomb bifocals! Note the lone dog in the background.
maandag 28 januari 2013
These Bausch & Lomb bifocals were acquired near the Irish West coast some ten years ago. When I asked if there were any "second nose" prescription glasses the lady smiled and produced a box containing a dozen glasses. She picked this pair straightaway and said, "I thought you might like these, they are really vintage". The lady was absolutely right! Small wonder that this pair by Pausch & Lomb caught the attention of several models when I embarked on the "Ladies behind crystal veil" project.
There is a touch of melancholy in this portrait of Jolien, caused - or at least enhanced - by the extreme cylinder in the left lens which has any value between minus four and plus five, depending on the angle. In comparison, the right eye seems enlarged as the lens is nowhere on the minus side.
Fine posing by Jolien in "Judy" glasses made in Germany some twenty years ago. There is a touch of the Silhouette design of the late 1980's in this frame. The effect of the extreme (-9.00) cylinder in the left lens is less marked here than in the previous portraits.
My collection hosts a number of glasses once bought by ladies with severe cylinders in their prescription. Somehow these glasses tend to be neglected during the selection process for photo shoots so I decided to squeeze this "Judy" pair in. Jolien would probably not be worried by the ultra strong cylinder in the left lens as the right lens - with only a weak cylinder - is four diopters off. Note the highly unusual difference in shape between the model's eyes.
Nobody dared to brave the cold and walk the dog so Jolien and I enjoyed a pleasant hour in the forest without any interruption by people asking questions. I often refer to this forest as my "extra garden" as it's located right behind the garden I am supposed to keep in order. This huge garden is much better, it needs no maintenance :).
Jolien studying the skyline through lenses some four diopters above her own prescription. It's definitely an advantage when the model has a previous experience as "Lady behind crystal veil". After a lapse of nearly two years, Jolien seemed to remember my instructions from her first photo shoot and this saved us a lot of precious time.
During this second photo shoot with Jolien some memories of her first experience in front of my camera came back. She reminded me that she was pregnant during the first photo shoot and now her daughter was walking in the snow, amazed by the change of the surroundings! I keep in touch with many models who posed for me and it brings an added value to a wonderful experience shared with my camera between us.
Many viewers of my weblogs will remember Caroline who did an extended photo shoot for me in a park, back in 2010. A very photogenic lady, full of expression. Caroline recently sent me a parcel containing some of her old glasses and this pair was my choice for the photo shoot with Jolien. Thank you, Caroline!
Jolien posing in one of the many variants of the fashionable "hipster" glasses. Zenni is always fast when it comes to picking up the latest trends - even so fast that many of their glasses are sold out when one wants to order them again! But let's call that a luxury problem.