dinsdag 6 augustus 2013
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.
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.
maandag 5 augustus 2013
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 :).
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 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.
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".
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.
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.