dinsdag 6 augustus 2013

Doreen 083

Another beautiful portrait of Doreen posing in Luxotica glasses from the early 1980's and a stylish hat that was bought by Nel's mother in the 1970's.

Doreen 082

These vintage Luxotica glasses were used in four previous photo shoots, two for my first weblog (Nel 028 and Conny 119) and two for the present weblog which is now nearly full (Claudine 020 and Claudia Allegonda 039). Here Doreen joins their ranks in her own charming way. The glasses are ideally suited for brunettes but the photo shoot with Conny showed that the frame could also be used by blondes.

Doreen 081

These Luxotica glasses were acquired at the "Waterlooplein" flea market in Amsterdam, during the mid / late 1980's. About ten years later, they were briefly used by my 14 year old daughter Daphne when she had a problem with one of her contact lenses. Daphne did not have glasses with her. She said that her glasses were no good anyway - far too weak. Her prescription kept changing all the time. So I went through my collection and she tried this Luxotica pair. After her day at school, she returned in contact lenses and handed me the glasses, saying that the frame was "stupid" but that the glasses had given her almost perfect eyesight.

Doreen 080

When Doreen and I made the arrangements for her photo shoot, she said that large frames might not suit her. With this in mind, I selected this vintage pair of Luxotica glasses. The lenses are around 1.50 below the model's own prescription.

Doreen 079

Glasses: Luxotica, early 1980's
[L: -8.00 / R: -7.50]

maandag 5 augustus 2013

Doreen 078

I like the expression in this portrait - the model feeling sorry for her photographer that Rodenstock did not supply the age of these glasses. Anyway, the series of Doreen posing in Rodenstock glasses came out fine and that's the main thing. Archives are patient institutions :).

Doreen 077

Another fine, slightly nostalgic portrait of Doreen posing in Rodenstock glasses from the late 1970's or early 1980's. Last year, the company offered their help in identifying the year of manufacture of these and many other Rodenstock glasses in my collection but nothing was heard from them afterwards. A pity!

Doreen 076

Fine, natural posing by Doreen with the help of a hand mirror. The lenses in these vintage Rodenstock glasses are one or two points below the model's own prescription.

Doreen 075

Doreen posing in a pair of Rodenstock glasses made for their "Junge Linie" (Young Look) series around 1980. The glasses were a buy at the "Waterlooplein" flea market in Amsterdam during the 1980's. The lenses are made of plastic and quite thick. These are what might be called "mainstream" glasses of the late 1970's and early 1980's.

Doreen 074

Glasses: Rodenstock J 202, late 1970's / early 1980's
[L: -8.00; c-1.00 h / R: -7.25]

Doreen 073

Flamed brown frames were quite popular during the mid and late 1970's. This Menrad frame is rather narrow and discrete. As a result, the effect is that the glasses don't quite show the strength of the lenses (minus ten). One can easily imagine an optician giving advice to the first owner of the glasses, "The modern big frames are nice but they would not suit you, the lenses would look quite strong".

Doreen 072

These Metzler glasses were featured in five previous photo shoots. Nel (019) was the first who posed in them at the very start of the project. Other models who posed in them for my first weblog were Farishta (574, second photo shoot), Marleen (157) and Petra (059). Claudine (138) posed in them for the present weblog. It's interesting to compare the effect of both frame and lenses in the portraits of the models. Doreen was in a luxury position, being well able to make real eye contact with her photographer as the lenses in the Menrad glasses are just a touch above her own prescription.

Doreen 071

The photo shoot with Doreen took place in the garden of my life partner Nel. She has a fine collection of hats which is always available for my models. Here Doreen is posing in a fine combination of glasses and hat, both from the 1970's.

Doreen 070

Menrad is a German company that has designed and manufactured glasses for well over a century. During the 1970's and 1980's, their frames were always a bit on the conservative side. One can easily imagine a lady with strong myopia of minus ten who did not wish to take any chances and kept her frame choice on the safe side.

Doreen 069

Glasses: Menrad,  mid / late 1970's
[L=R: -10.25]